CAMMO History

The Center for American Military Music Opportunities was founded in 2009 when Cathie Lechareas and Victor Hurtado recognized specific challenges that some of our veterans and active duty service members face. 

After Cathie Lechareas and Victor Hurtado met for the first time to discuss their vision of a thriving music artist community made up of veterans and service members, the path was laid for what was certain to become rewarding benefits for troop artists today. They envisioned the creation of a military music community that would focus the world on America’s most musically and technically talented service members. Music artists with a history of serving their country in the military, were not receiving the artist development needed to succeed in the industry. Veterans interested in pursuing music industry careers in production, recording, management and other related music careers were typically not given the opportunity to train and learn in these professions.

In addition to the current operations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro area, plans for acquiring or building physical centers in Tennessee, California, New York, Texas and other locations throughout the U.S. are underway. Ideally, each of these locations will have an educational component in partnership with a local university, a residence hall or housing arrangements, rehearsal space, studios, offices, and a music therapy wing.

CAMMO is ready to bring the voice of the American veteran and service member to America and the world, through music.

Please stop by CAMMO's Newsroom to see what CAMMO has done, is doing, and plans to do.

Cathie Lechareas

Cathie Lechareas has been diligent in serving the veteran community for over 30 years following her tour in the United States Navy. Being a regular on Capitol Hill, heavily involved with Veteran Affairs and within the military community, Cathie was the natural choice to serve as Executive Director. She is a driving force in leading the mission of bringing this distinctive and viable opportunity to our military artists.

Victor Hurtado

In the realm of Artist Development, there was no other choice but to bring in Army veteran Victor Hurtado, a man that had been developing military music artists for the past 20 years. As a Producer/Director of the US Army Soldier Show, Hollywood Military Consultant, and expert in all things artist development, Victor was the perfect fit as the Creative Director for CAMMO.

CAMMO's Mission

There are two prongs to the CAMMO mission:

  • To create music-based therapeutic programming and outlets for service members, veterans and family members
  • To train and educate service members, veterans, and their families in music career opportunities including artist development


This organization is on target with its mission because it believes in the power of music to restore, inspire, and open doors to our veterans and service members. With that said, the financial contributions of our donors have been a tremendous help and we ask for your continued support as the services rendered by CAMMO expand. If you've never given, we ask that you consider the life-changing effects your gift will have on a U.S. veteran or service member suffering from PTSD or TBI. Every dollar counts!