024: Joe Williams, Founder of EVAC ArtOctober 13, 2015 by Cigars and Sea Stories | 6 Comments
On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, fellow Marine, Joe Williams of EVAC Art joins the C&S team to talk entrepreneurship and social ventures.
Joseph Williams was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He enlisted into the MOS of aviation ordnance and explosives. Williams volunteered to go with VMAQ-2 to Al Asad, Iraq. On his deployment, he was meritoriously promoted to corporal and achieved his plane captain status billet.
Joe went through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program upon his return from overseas and was transferred to a small arms weapons training company.
About a year and a half had passed when he was sent to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, for officer preparation training. He graduated and was ordered to the University of Colorado Navy Officer Training Command in Boulder, where he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. There, Sgt. Williams trained college students in their efforts to become Marine Corps officers while pursuing his own officer training.
Unfortunately, Joe suffered a catastrophic ankle injury during the physical fitness test for Marine officer candidate indoctrination. This officially ended his Marine Corps career and took away his ability to run or even walk normally. After receiving the devastating news, Sgt. Williams became extremely depressed and suicidal. But in this difficult time, he rediscovered himself as an artist…
Now, Joe is a Marine on a mission to support fellow veterans thru art. He works with metal to sculpt amazing projects, worthy to be displayed in any gallery. The passion he has for art comes out in his business. Joe runs a social venture in Kansas City, EVAC Art.
The mission of EVAC’s social venture is to create a new organization and culture that supports and encourages veterans to use art as a tool for self-expression, a means to communicate with their families and communities, and successfully re-assimilate back into society and their new lives as disabled America veterans.
“Endowment for Veterans Art Campaign” brings veteran artwork to the mainstage. Anyone can purchase a work for themselves by going to evacart.com.