Member Spotlight: Not Forgotten Outreach

 

Not Forgotten Outreach is a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating Military, Veterans & their Families, and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process.

Not Forgotten Outreach provides opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeship and at the same time enhances “Mindfulness” and personal well-being. In addition to numerous program opportunities, they provide disabled veterans and Gold Star Families with information about and referrals to Veteran Administration and other recreational and therapeutic sport activities. They have served over 3,600 Military Families in 2016.

Programs include their Not Forgotten Outreach Farm, Gold Star Family Program, and their National Veterans Event Program. Their farm is a collaboration between the Albuquerque VA, Taos Land Trust, La Montanita Co-op, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico State University County Extension Office, local farmers and Not Forgotten Outreach. They provide a program to Veterans and Gold Star Families to learn the basic skills and best practices for sustainable farming as a business or hobby and gain from its significant therapeutic and community benefits.  Farming has a mission-driven focus, similar to the focus of the military – it is driven by the mission rather than the time clock.

Not Forgotten Outreach also collaborates Ft. Bliss Survivor Outreach Services, National Guard Support Coordinator, New Mexico and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to identify survivors in need of assistance to participate in recreation and therapeutic activities in their hometowns.

On a more national scale, Not Forgotten Outreach supports the VA’s “Mission ReDefined”. Having courage, determination and drive all led our military service members to serve America proudly. Those same characteristics will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. No matter your disability, age or skill level, an adaptive sports opportunity exists for you. Studies show that adaptive sports provide the following clear benefits for disabled Veterans by lessening stress, reducing dependency on medication, higher achievement in education and employment and more independence. Participating in adaptive sports allows individuals to redefine themselves and live an active, healthy and fun lifestyle.

To learn more about Not Forgotten Outreach and their programs, visit http://notforgottenoutreach.org/.

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