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CAMMO -The Center for American Military Music Opportunities

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Education, Educational Services, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Mission: The Center for American Military Music Opportunities (C*A*M*M*O), is an innovative 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to joining American Service members, Veterans and family members together to share their love of music, performance, production, writing and entertainment technology, as well as benefiting from the healing power of music and sound. Founded in 2009 by U.S. Navy veteran Cathie Lechareas and U.S. Army veteran Victor Hurtado. Our Mission: 1. Create music based therapeutic programming and outlet for Service Members, Veterans and Family Members. 2. To Train and educate Service Members, Veterans in music industry career opportunities including artist development

Target demographics: Active duty, veterans and family members- Service Through Music

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Soundtrack to Recovery a hospital In-reach program, CAMMO KIDS, VIBEZ, CAMMO Voices, American Military Spouses programs and more

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Robert, and I am a former Combat Rescue Helicopter Pilot. Following deployments to Iraq, two different parts of Afghanistan, and Africa, during which I flew a combined 252 combat sorties, rescued/recovered 291 with 151 lives saved, I was medically retired in Oct 2015 due to PTSD and a TBI.

The difficult part is that I can never again fly because of my mental disabilities. I’ve never wanted to do anything else, to be honest. Last semester, I tried taking classes in the hopes of finding a different career, but my symptoms made it too difficult to continue in a classroom setting. For awhile, I was stuck with no idea of a future for myself, aside from generic online classes.

I have been a student with CAMMO for several months now taking one-on-one guitar lessons and have enjoyed them so much that I recently began vocal lessons with them as well. I am now in the process of applying for VA Vocational Rehab so that I can supplement these lessons and develop a musical career for myself.

I am beyond grateful to CAMMO, specifically Brett, Victor, and Cathie, for the opportunity to learn! I love how much progress I have made and how much peace playing music brings to my life. I cannot wait to continue with them in the future!

Robert Scoggins, Maj, USAF (retired)