Forging Forward, a non-profit organization, works to reinforce community connectivity and healing for our work- or battle-wounded USA Military Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, 911 Dispatch Operators, Correctional Officers, EMS and their families, and Gold Star Families.
Below are the ways in which we work with our Board, our donors, and other vetted organizations to promote mental health wellness, physical wellness, career moves or restarts to assist in reclaiming a sense of connection.
Forging Forward is excited to share a new service - Body Shop! If you are a military veteran needing assistance with flights and lodging to get to your prosthetic healthcare provider, this service is for you!
Forging Forward brings 4 to 8 active dutyr or veteran Military and/or First Responders to a 2-4 day retreat to enjoy nature. We plan activities in a variety of locations to rekindle camaraderie in a safe and open environment. We team up with local artists and professionals to teach participants a new outlet or tool through art to address PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Activities may include whittling, wood crafts, storytelling through poetry, songwriting, comedy, welding, forging, hiking, bicycling, painting, photography, community service, outdoor water activities, and more.
Forging Forward creates Remembrance Tags with the names of Military Veterans who have died by suicide due to their battle wounds of PTSD, TBI or other mental health issues.
The Tags are presented to Military and First Responder Veterans and their families, and appreciative community members in memory of the service member, to never be forgotten.
We ask each person receiving a Remembrance Tag to take an oath to live their life to the fullest in memory of the service member. The oath focuses on having the strength to ask for help.
Forging Forward partnered with Patriotic Productions to provide this service.
Forging Forward helps cover the cost to get motivational and inspirational Military and First Responder Veterans and Veterans to schools, ROTC events, faith-based organizations, and non-profit organizations that might not otherwise be able to afford a speaker to inspire their community.
Forging Forward will cover part of the expense such as airfare, hotel, food and/or an honorarium for the speaker.
Forging Forward works with military veterans who need assistance with travel flying to and from a prosthetic appointment. Fill out an application for assistance with flights, lodging, transportation, and meals.
Forging Forward teamed up with military veteran and law enforcement officer David Starbuck to provide this service based in Arkansas. Expedition Outreach focuses on outdoor activities: fishing, camping, hiking, nature walk, kayaking, canoeing, and more. We are excited to get this service running in 2022 to serve our target populations.
Forging Forward teams up with Military and First Responder Veteran and Gold Star Family individuals and organizations to advance services or programs that globally and mutually benefit the Military and First Responder Veteran and Gold Star Family communities.
Forging Forward brought in a live chat show on TikTok. The show was started by two law enforcement officers, one of which is a military veteran. The hosts are Keeper and Troop. The show focuses on mental health awareness and overcoming daily challenges to live a productive life.
People are invited to “be in the box” with the hosts as well as comment throughout the show to support others or provide resources to assist with a stated issue.
Forging Forward is working with LifeWork Adapter to provide a FREE adapted power tool kit to military veterans and first responders (active or veteran) who have a below the shoulder amputation or missing digits who can benefit from the tools.
Injury does NOT have to be military or work related.
Watch the videos below to learn how Dylan uses the tools!
Check out LifeWork Adapter here.
Click the button below to start the easy application process!
Forging Forward teams up with other organizations with similar goals and services to expand and accomplish our mission.
Forging Forward relies on its volunteers to assist at Retreats, Fundraisers, and provide additional opportunities for target populations to participate in activities. Without our volunteers, we could not properly attain our mission and vision. Forging Forward would not grow, have a positive influence on people in our communities, or even function properly. Volunteers help us build a more cohesive, safer, and stronger community across the USA; it unites people in exceptional ways, bringing positive effects on both the volunteer and the group we are assisting or being a part of. The skills volunteers bring to the table are phenomenal and they are a key part of Forging Forward’s success.