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 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 brings 4 to 10 Military and/or First Responder Veterans 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 First Responders and Military Veterans who have died by suicide due to their work or 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.
REMEMBRANCE TAG OATH
I will wear these tags with honor
and as a reminder of my strength.
I will grow from what is strong with me and continue to improve my fighting position to protect my life.
I promise to live my life to the fullest in respect of those we lost.
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 teams up with other organizations with similar goals and services to expand and
accomplish our mission.
Forging Forward teams up with other organizations invested in giving back to the Military and First Responder Veterans and Gold Star Family communities.
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.