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VFW Post 4287
3500 S. Goldenrod Rd
Orlando, Florida 32822

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Event Details
March 23, 2019 4:00 PM
VFW Post 4287 - Orlando, Florida
All Ages
Event Description

7th Annual Orlando Rocks Veterans Benefit

Recipient: Haywood Charles Merritt

As an advocate, Charlie Merritt is an innovator for veterans with disabilities and individuals living with paralysis. 

Upon graduation in 2004 from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Charlie extended his enlisted career as a Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps continuing on to earn his commission and complete his service as a Material Readiness Officer and S-4A for the 10th Marine Regiment.

Charlie also served with:

3rd Bn 2nd Marines as an Infantryman

3rd Bn 25th Marines as an Infantryman

In 2014, 7 years after his discharge, Charlie suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving him a C3 complete quadriplegic without the use of his arms and legs.  Not letting this stop his passion for serving Charlie, switched gears from owning his own successful business to integrating himself into several nonprofit board assignments to ensure others in similar situations would not face the hardships and confusion after posttraumatic incidents.  Garnering this experience Charlie has founded and is the Executive Director of Stand up for Me, Inc. An organization designed explicitly to increase independence for individuals with mobility impairments and to reduce their caregivers’ burden.

Charlie’s empathy for the difficult transition that veterans and individuals who suffer traumatic injuries have led him to continue his service with The Mission Continues, Service Leadership Corps. There, he expects to absorb knowledge to bring back to his own community and continue his altruistic mission to make others’ lives simpler and more rewarding.