Hometown Hero Nick Butterworth

Nick Butterworth is 31 years old. He served in the US Army from 2003 to 2007, and was deployed to Iraq from December 2004 to December 2005.

While there, he received the Army Commendation Medal for Combat Action. Nick did convoy security while in Iraq, with 4 hummers escorting 20 semis in RBR or TCN (Third Country Nationals) convoys. Nick was part of the reserves with the 179th and the 465th Transportation Companies.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Nick has lived in Cape Coral for 3½ years. For Nick, the best part of living in the Cape is “no snow, lots of people, and lots of things to do outside.”

Nick is married to Kelly and they have 2 kids, Joseph (8) and Layla (7.)

They also have 2 cats and 2 dogs, a white husky named Lily and Nick’s Service Dog, Camo.

Nick is a disabled veteran. He is actively involved in veterans causes, including the Tampa Bay Warriors Veterans Ice Hockey and Wolfhounds Legacy Corp (WLC), a local non-profit organization that rescues dogs, trains them as Service Dogs, and partners them with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Nick’s dog Camo is a graduate of the founding class of Wolfhounds Legacy. Nick got Camo at 10 months old, then worked for over 8 months training Camo three days a week as a Service Dog.

Getting involved with WLC gave Nick a sense of purpose and camaraderie, like his life in the military. After Camo graduated, Nick found himself helping other vets as they train their Service Dogs with WLC.

“It helps my state of mind meeting other vets with common ground,” says Nick. “If I can help any vet not become a statistic, that makes me feel good.”

Nick does not like to have the spotlight on himself, he’d rather the focus be on the military personnel that we have lost. That attitude is what exemplifies the sacrifices being made by our veterans. And that makes Nick a Hometown Hero!