Veteran Owned Small Business!
One of the major goals is to open Turtleheart Garage; the non-profit arm of FIFTY3 Motorcycles. The Turtleheart Garage was named in honor of my father who recently passed away. He was a career military veteran with nearly three decades of service. He and I talked about helping veterans with PTSD and TBI for sometime. we both knew, from experience, that PTSD robs the person of peace or makes peace a fleeting feeling. The PTSD mind is chaotic at times, over stimulated, and it fills those who suffer from it with anxiety. Working on a motorcycle, be it detailing, restoring, or customizing, can be therapeutic. Riding a motorcycle, especially one that you built with your two hands....well...that can't be explained fully in words. But the peace of mind, the freedom of the ride, the order you find when one is on the bike with the wind and weather passing by; five minutes on the bike is worth five months of therapy. Of course that's just my opinion, but that feeling is what I want to share with my brothers and sisters suffering from the invisible wounds. My brothers and sisters in arms suffering from TBI will regain hand eye coordination through the use of tools. They'll regain their confidence in the body, they regain confidence in their cognative abilities, and they learn that they are more than a limitation or injury. They'll remeber they're confident warriors. People unafraid of sweat or challenge. Turtleheart Garage is that and more.
Now's your chance to help a military veteran get a leg up and achieve a dream. Here's an opportunity to help my fellow veterans. We aren't asking for the world, just enough to get only what we need and nothing more.
From my family and I, thank you!
"These Things I Do That Others May Live"
I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your investment. My friends, my family, and the Gofundme Team. I'm humbled your support and so very thankful to have this chance in life.
A special thank you to Gofundme. This team has literally helped me through the process to achieve my dreams. If you're ever looking to raise money for a worthy cause, to get your business started, or to raise money for another person-this team is it. Never be afraid to ask for help-it's how businesses are formed and raised. THANK YOU, GOFUNDME!
To my friends and family who supported me (through your words or hard earned money), I truly love and appreciate you all.
Now the ball is in my court. I will now have everything I need to launch this rocket into space. Let's do this.
"THESE THINGS WE DO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE"
The web site is being built. The concept is simple to use, awesome to look at, and fully fictional. Payments and calendar can be viewed along with a spot to help my fellow veteran owned businesses!
The non-profit is on target. I've read and re-read all of the requirements and I think we are on target. There's still a few more hoops that have to be jumped through, but the key pieces (an ADA compliant work area and a teaching criteria) are nearly done.
Please, we are still a bit from our total goal. Anything you could donate would be appreciated. And remember, it's a tax write off AND a little goes a long way!
Also, as items come in, I'll photograph the products so you know, as the investor, where the money is going.
Thank you for your continued support in helping make this dream come true!
There's still some funding that has to happen to really push this little one man shop into gear, but thanks to you all I'm way ahead of where I thought I'd be.
There's still most major items set to arrive over the next two days. As soon as they do, I'll get all the items together for a picture. I believe it is important to show your investors just how they helped and you have helped!
The final piece of this puzzle is obtaining a trailer. This trailer will be my shop for the next five years and will act like a mobile roadside center as well as FIFTY3 Motorcycles' headquarters. The trailers I've been researching are between 1,100 and 2,500. They're used, but in very nice condition. Once outfitted with the new tools and equipment, the trailer will be on the road.
I'm excited! Thank you for your support!
As I got older, my dad showed me how to do an oil change, change a tire, and replace spark plugs. There was something awesome about taking something that was broken and making it better that made me happy.
As a teenager, my uncle, who built and customized cars and motorcycles as a hobby, showed me how to remove an engine. He talked to me about how a motorcycle engines worked, suspension, and he walked me through a brake rebuild. By then, I knew I loved the challenge of taking the busted, used, worn, and making it new again. The artist in me really enjoyed making it look as well as it worked.
I joined the USAF and found myself in one of the coolest jobs I've ever had. A crew chief on a legendary helicopter. I learned a new level of pride and dedication. I learned organization, time management, and the art of planning. By this point, I'd been working on cars and dirt bikes for sometime. I started thinking, seriously, about what I want to do later in life.
Turning a wrench may not seem like the ideal afternoon for some, but I love it. The work that goes into the hours and hours of sketching and rendering a custom bike seems like a waste, but it's awesome. Building something as cool as a motorcycle for someone is...I mean c'mon. It's a motorcycle for another rider who knows the free feeling of a wide open road and the sound of an engine. It makes people stoked. How is that not something I wouldn't want to do?
Essentially, this is a dream I've been fostering since I was a child. Since I dreamed of building cars as I sketched in a pad of paper. Since the first time I started a Honda Nighthawk and revved the engine.
Thank you, to everyone, for supporting my dream. I'm humbled by your service.