(WBIR - Crossville) A Cumberland County veteran, wounded in Iraq, is on a mission to help others like himself.
After joining the U.S. Army from high school, Charles Hargrove has retired after 20 years of service.
Hargrove doesn't like talking about his war injury, but he's no stranger to bad luck. After three tours of duty, Hargrove returned to Cumberland County in 2007 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He bought his first house after returning from duty, but days later a tornado torn it apart. Hargrove rebuilt. Seven months later, Hargrove's home caught fire and was burned to the ground.
"It was pretty bad, but I dealt with it. You deal with the blows that are dealt to you," Hargrove said.
That's the message Hargrove wants to share.
He's started a non-profit organization called Wounded Warriors One Voice. He's now working on remodeling a 1947 Chevrolet truck he plans to use to pull a 40 foot trailer across the country filled with donations for other wounded warriors.
Hargrove said, "My ultimate goal is to get these guys clothing that goes over their prosthetic legs or other limbs to give them back their dignity. You've seen that one person with their leg missing and they've gotten their blue jeans rolled up or pinned to the back of their pants. I don't think they should have to go through that."
Hargrove also plans to collect wheelchairs for the wounded warriors.
He's still in the beginning phase of starting the non-profit. Hargrove said he already has his non-profit state license. He's now waiting to receive his federal tax ID.
To find out more about Wounded Warriors One Voice, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wounded-Warriors-One-Voice/559486440778547?ref=stream.