He has a passion for the educational needs of our children, and the need to ensure that our next generation becomes the first responders we have a shortage of today. This is evidenced by his founding of the First Responder Academy Public Charter High School, and Hope Academy (Infant – K-5). He has also launched the “Pennies for Police” initiative thru In-Vest USA, aimed at allowing our children to support and interface with their school resource officer by helping to provide that officer with a bulletproof vest. This program is a vital part of his efforts to “Save a Kid – Save a Cop”. He initiated the acclaimed “Bless the Vest” program that works with Houses of Worship partnering the congregations with their local first responders to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support.
A successful businessman who is the Founder and President of Salty Fin Realty and Holdings, various other business ventures, as well as a member of the First Palmer Family Trust, Michael is also an ordained minister and executive pastor/ Music Minister of the Eastside Baptist Church, along with his father, Dr. Dennis Letts – Sr. Pastor. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Liberty University in 1985. Michael resides in Columbia, S.C. with his wife and partner Karen.
In-Vest USA began in 1993 when South Carolina businessman Michael Letts first learned that local law enforcement officers were not provided protective vests as a regular part of their personal equipment. Outraged and resolved to rectify this situation, Letts formed In-Vest USA, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to help officers in South Carolina.
First Responder Academy
First Responder Academy of South Carolina (FRA) is a full-time public charter school that offers online virtual courses in a highly innovative tech-savvy teaching environment that supplies the on-site computer-based learning labs, study groups, first responder-related activities, clubs, and space for specialized training facilities necessary for first responders.
First responders (police officers, EMTs, and firefighters) face life-changing dangers every time they suit up and take a call. Sometimes the danger comes from the very people they are there to help. These brave men and women are trained to save the lives of others, but what happens when they need to be saved?
Michael Letts is actively involved in political and community service in South Carolina. He is the Governor’s Appointee on the S.C. Legislative Infrastructure Study Committee, a member of the South Carolina Policy Council, and SLED Chaplain with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Columbia Police Department.
Helping to protect America's Heroes
Michael Letts, In-Vest USA distributing bulletproof vest across America. From Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Kentucky, DC, California, Nevada, Florida, and the list just keeps growing.
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