Joe E. Collins III… A father and a son, a brother and a cousin, an uncle, and a nephew. Born November 20th, 1985 in South Central Los Angeles California. Although Joe spent his childhood growing up in church, there was no escaping the gang violence that surrounded the inner cities of South Central Los Angeles. There were no good paying jobs, poverty was high and the chances of being a man of color making it to 25 years old without being thrown in jail or killed is considered an accomplishment. This was an accomplishment my mother did not want me to strive for. At the same time, his father Joseph Collins, (founder of Punch Flax Studios) then, struggling entrepreneur, and mother Denise split up due to the inability to provide stability with poverty and violence on the rise. His mother remarried and decided in 2000 that it was time for a change of scenery and a fresh start. She and her new husband moved our family to Texas.
Although smaller than the average size kids Joe started playing sports which he kept up with throughout his adult years, such as semipro football, soccer, and basketball. His hobbies include spending time with his four children, traveling, fishing and horseback riding. Working can get pretty busy but he still likes to indulge in his hobbies from time to time.
Joe has always had a passion to serve others and make an impact in his community which influenced the childhood nickname “G.I. Joe.” Inspired by certain figures such as George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon who all served in the U.S. Military, Joe decided to follow in their footsteps and start my career of active duty service in the U.S. Navy, after, however attending a semester of community college and working at Walmart, and deciding that was not working for me.
Career and Education
August of 2004, Joe Collins joined the U.S. Navy where he would serve 13 and a half successful years as an Enlisted-men Aviation Machinist Mate. Joe Collins worked and trained thousands of Sailors on many types of aircraft such as; the F18 Super Hornet, E6 Mercury, and the MH60 Seahawk. In service to his country, he toured many countries, seeing the traditions and cultures of unique nations which help shape his cultural beliefs. As a Sailor in the U.S. Navy he also served during the successful campaign, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” in 2008 as well as a successful stint of recruiting duty where he earned numerous honors and awards as well as the pleasure of jumpstarting the careers of many of our young American leaders of today by way of active duty military service. But this was not enough. Joe Collins often felt the need to do more for my Americans and his community. He then became a member of many charity and volunteer organizations so he could donate his time, energy and talents to anyone who needed them. He began with organizations that fed and donated clothes to our homeless brothers and sisters, city beach and park cleanups, mentoring children and young adults, coaching, attending city council meetings and gatherings, in hope of creating a change for our future generations.
With the help of the United States Navy, Joe also earned a journeyman’s certificate as a Powerplants mechanic, Certified Counselor for rape and sexual assault victims as well as becoming a licensed financial professional and currently using the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill to further his education.
After the 2016 elections, Joe Collins and the rest of the world felt the disenfranchisement of the younger generation. Voices with real-world issues that fell on deaf ears. Voices that cried out for support and protection but was constantly told to wait for this and wait for that. Voices that needed representation but was met with ridicule and resentment. Voices that was told, “if you want help, then do it yourselves.” The voices which made him decide to run for President of the United States while on active duty. Since he had already made a choice to fight for America and Americans, making the decision to run for President of the United States was a no-brainer if he had the chance to bring change to our brothers and sisters who need it. He upholds the Constitution of the United States of America and promotes fair treatment, equality, and respect for all persons who live in our great country. America deserves a leader who will fight for its people’s freedom equality!
The values Joe holds dear;
1. Family is the most important thing on this earth.
A lot of times people take for granted that we are America and we have a lot of benefits and freedoms that people in other countries do not get to have. Being in the military has taught me that we look out for our brothers on the left and our brothers on the right. If we look at the greater scope of things, we are all Americans living in one country. We are all brothers and sisters and we need to look out for each other.
2. We must protect our middle class.
For far too long politicians have talked about all the wonderful things that they are going to do for our middle class, yet we are still struggling. Poverty is at its peak in major cities, wages are too low, and our country is riddled with hate and discontent for others. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If we are to truly have change, we must embrace a more modern and progressive way of protecting our middle class. The old politics have failed our country for far too long!
3. Equality must be on the top of the list.
We cannot allow the people of our country to be subject to any type of inequality, regardless of if it’s social or economic. All citizens of the United States of America deserve the chance at the American dream. As Thomas Jefferson quotes, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Denying others the right to equality is denying them God-given right of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.