Charlie Mike Metalworks Inc. is a 100% disabled Veteran owned and operated 501(c)3 non-profit welding/metalworking organization. We are trying to help stop the 22/day Veteran suicide epidemic by offering welding/metalworking workshops in a safe, trigger friendly and fully adaptable environment to all Veterans!!
We specialize in adaptability for any Veteran that might be interested in welding/metalworking but might believe it’s impossible because of a disability. We do our best to find a way for any Veteran to participate regardless of a disability.
All monies received from customer projects, swag (hats, shirts, stickers, etc.), and donations will be used to provide all equipment and materials needed for the workshops and improvements to the shop. This will allow our Veterans to feel as safe and comfortable as possible!!!
We are about 30 minutes away from Fort Knox, KY
ABOUT THE NAME
During my time of service Charlie Mike had 2 meanings:
1) Charlie stands for the letter C, and Mike stands for the letter M in the phonetic alphabet
2) When you get bogged down on a mission leadership would yell “let’s go Charlie Mike” which meant continue mission. We must drive on no matter what the obstacle. You work the problem and continue the mission.
This is the same principle I applied during my battle. The problem was, I was convinced that life would never get any better and I was good for absolutely nothing. The solution that allowed me to Charlie Mike is what I now pay forward in the hopes that I can help other Veterans look at their current situation as the obstacle it is and not the end it seems to be!
- We are able to support up to a 3 person workshop.
- We have some resources to help Veterans with VA claims and many other problems that occur especially when we end our time in service (ETS).
- We are working on: 1) installing a new electrical service to support enough machines for a 10 person workshop, 2) insulating the shop, 3) installing air conditioning (# 2 and 3 will provide a climate controlled shop that will relieve some of the daily stress and allow the healing process to begin.
The growth process is slow but steady. I donate $200/month to ensure this organization WILL NOT fail. That said, I expect nothing, but greatly appreciate any donations as they speed up the growth process which allows additional opportunities for our Veterans.
THE FUTURE – (my vision and goals)
As these goals start to become reality, any of our Veterans that have participated in and successfully used our workshops, and that are interested will begin running their own workshops under Jason’s direct supervision!!
- We will establish additional types of workshops (leatherworking, equipment operating, etc.)
- We will expand and move to a 1000+ acre property in or close to our current area and build a much larger shop to accommodate the ever expanding workshops. This property will have a wildlife management program that will offer Veterans the opportunity to create and maintain food plots, build ponds, etc., and participate in hunting and fishing trips that are guided by our Veterans.
- On a designated 15-20 acres initially, we will establish a heavy equipment operation program. Veterans will be able to operate various types of heavy equipment. This area will also have a few cabins that Veterans can occupy while learning basic operation of the equipment. This will also provide an opportunity for our welders to put their skills to use by designing and fabricating whatever is needed to put a wheel chair bound Veteran into any piece of equipment.