OUR MISSION

ForcesUnited is the only local organization of its kind that connects service members, veterans and their families, from ALL eras, wounded or not, with programs and resources to mitigate crisis, improve their lives and empower them to prosper in the community.

COUNTIES SERVED

GEORGIA

Bulloch
Burke
Candler
Columbia
Effingham
Emanual
Glascock
Greene
Hancock
Jefferson
Jenkins
Johnson
Lincoln
McDuffie
Richmond
Screven
Taliferro
Warren
Washington
Wilkes

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aiken
Barnwell
Beaufort
Berkeley
Charleston
Colleton
Dorchester
Edgefield
Georgetown
Hampton
Horry
Jasper
McCormick

ABOUT OUR LOGO

The task of serving those that have served is something we do not take lightly. Our goal is to rally support in the community, to push through all obstacles in helping those in need. Together we become a FORCE of good, touching the lives of the men and women who have sacrificed so much so we did not have to.

We stand together, here on the Homefront to help both veterans and those still in active duty. We pull from the generosity of the community to help give the tools needed for those that have served or still serve. We are UNITED in this effort and proudly stand hand in hand to enrich the lives of those who have given so much.

THE HEART OF OUR ORGANIZATION

Dog tags have been used throughout world history as an identification marker for the owner brandishing it. Soldiers proudly wear their tags during service as identification of name, service, and rank. Often these tags are gifted to love ones as a keepsake.

ForcesUnited chose to take that strong image of the dog tag and make it as part of our identity. The two tags together form a heart and is the symbol of the love we have for those who have served. It is our calling card. We wear it with honor on our shirts, our vehicles, and almost every branded item we take out into the community for our mission.

ForcesUnited is not just about our team and what we do; rather it is about the greater sum of our entire community, the organizations and people who are united to help our service members, veterans and their families. As you may know, we provide holistic support to anyone that has ever served, all the way back to WWII to those currently serving, and their families.

As a local community organization, serving local warriors, “Help on the Homefront” is the perfect tag line for us. It truly captures what we at ForcesUnited are doing each and every day.

Even though ForcesUnited provides direct support in so many different ways, our focus is on community partnered solutions. When we all come together, not only does the veteran succeed, but so does the community.

OUR HISTORY

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2019

ForcesUnited Reaches GuideStar Platinum

ForcesUnited earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress, ForcesUnited is making great strides toward its mission. The organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. “In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said ForcesUnited President and CEO Kim Elle. “We are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media.” To reach the Platinum level, ForcesUnited added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, ForcesUnited has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to give donors and investors meaningful data to evaluate ForcesUnited.

“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Elle. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale.”


Giving Your Best: Don Clark

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– Don Clark is a retired Army veteran. You may know him as the Deputy Director at Forces United, but he’s also a community leader, philanthropist, and family man.

Don serves on several local boards, volunteers his time, and is a mentor for the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy… and that’s why Don Clark is our winner of the Giving Your Best award.

“In the Army, we were always taught to be selfless and otherwise, but you don’t always make the direct connection with the communities that you serve in, cause you’re only there for a limited period of time.”

But that limited period of time never seemed to stop Don from making an impact where he was planted. Throughout his two decades in the military, he coached youth sports teams, was a Boy Scout leader, and volunteered not just in the United States, but in Germany, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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2018

Forces United is new name for Augusta Warrior Project

The Augusta Warrior Project is now Forces United after a rebranding effort was revealed to a crowd full of veterans, local government, community and business leaders at the Miller Theater on Thursday. Not only was the name changed, but the logo as well. The military dog tags are now colored “Old Glory” blue and “Old Glory” red in honor of the American flag.

The rebranding has been in discussion for a long time said Kim Elle, president and CEO of the Forces United organization.

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10th annual Thunder Over Evans to honor military with day of family fun, fireworks

Combine Augusta’s Fourth of July fireworks display last year with Columbia County’s. Those two spectaculars combined don’t even equal the last 30 seconds of the half-hour of fireworks planned for Thunder Over Evans.

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2017

Master Automotive Makes Donation To Augusta Warrior Project

Two local organizations recently put their efforts in helping veterans.

Master Buick GMC in Augusta and Master Chevrolet Cadillac in Aiken recently joined forces to raise money and awareness for the Augusta Warrior Project, the only local organization of its kind that brings together all the necessary resources to help local warriors– wounded or not – and their families.

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2016

Augusta Warrior Project Partners With The Veteran Golfers

The Augusta Warrior Project (AWP) announced today their partnership with the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) on their 2016 Tuesday for the Troops Annual Golf Fundraiser and Military Appreciation Day for Augusta during the week of the Masters. The golf tournament will be held at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, GA on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 starting at 8am. After the tournament, attendees will then have the opportunity to watch the Tuesday practice round at the Masters followed by dinner at The Azalea House at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Veteran Golfers Association.

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Augusta Warrior Project Named Outstanding Local Partner by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Augusta Warrior Project, the only local organization that brings together allnecessary resources to help local Warriorsfrom all eras, was honored with the Outstanding Local Partner Award by the Greater Augusta Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals.

 

2015

Augusta- Aiken Warrior Project Gets $101,000 Donation

Some of our hometown heroes got a big gift on Friday, courtesy of Plant Vogtle. The Augusta-Aiken Warrior Project was given a check for one hundred and one thousand dollars to be exact.

Earlier this month a charity dinner and golf tournament was held to raise the money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Georgia Power East Region and Plant Vogtle citizens’ hope the funds help improve the lives of Warriors as well as connect them with the resources they need.

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Augusta Warrior Project meeting focuses on serving veterans

More than 100 representatives from area organizations and nonprofits came together Friday to discuss ways to better work together to serve veterans.

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2014

Acclaimed Augusta Warrior Project poised to go nationwide

In 1969, the book, Present at the Creation was published. It is the autobiography of a man who played key roles in Washington, DC in the immediate aftermath of World War II. He helped create the America that has accomplished so much to encourage democracy, free trade and the rule of law throughout the world.

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AWP opens doors for service on Fort Gordon

Veterans and active-duty military members preparing to transition from the military don’t have to go far for assistance. Augusta Warrior Project celebrated the opening of its Transition Success Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at the Fort Gordon Education Center.

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Augusta Warrior Project’s expanded mission takes on new name, receives more funding

A national movement that was championed by the Augusta Warrior Project to help thousands of veterans adjust to life after military service officially became a nonprofit organization Monday and announced a new grant cycle for communities interested in joining “America’s Warrior Partnership.

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2013

Five years in, Augusta Warrior Project shows impressive action

A program to help wounded warriors that was started by Jim Hull and Laurie Ott just five years ago has blossomed into something very special indeed. The following is an update on the leadership of this project and some important actions that have been undertaken recently. This will be followed by how you can help support and extend the mission of the Augusta Warrior Project.

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Augusta Warrior Project leads national initiative

In the most significant sign yet that its model is among the country’s elite, the Augusta Warrior Project has been selected to take the program it developed locally and expand it into a national movement that will help hundreds of thousands of veterans transition into civilian life, the nonprofit organization announced.

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2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

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Augusta Warrior Project Serves Community

 

2011

BY 2011, Laurie had recruited Jim Lorraine – a man with deep experience in helping wounded warriors – to replace her. The name of the organization had changed to the Augusta Warrior Project, and the board was expanded. Aiken, S.C., resident Tom Matthews, who has done such great work as a leader of the board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, is now chairman of the board of the AWP.

The search for Ms. Ott’s successor has begun. Board President Mr. James M. Hull said, “We wish Laurie well in her new endeavor and look forward to her continuing involvement with the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project. Because of her leadership, Augusta is ahead of the nation when it comes to developing the community-based model for reintegrating warriors after combat. The community and the board of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project are passionate about ensuring our warriors and their families thrive, and we look forward to finding the next Executive Director who can help us build on our accomplishments and the region’s unique warrior care capabilities.”

The CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project is a community-based organization founded in 2007, dedicated to developing best practices to maximize resources and provide world class support for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families. To date, accomplishments include the launch of award-winning marriage enrichment and family reintegration programs that provide communication skills after combat, the launch of the first-in-the-nation Veterans Curation Project (a training and employment program for Iraq and Afghanistan returnees), the establishment of Transition Round Tables and a Research Consortium, which provide the platform for information sharing and increased collaboration among federal, state and local agencies and organizations, the assignment of Federal Recovery Coordinators to Augusta to help wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families, and assisting with the launch of the Veterans Court, which begins later this month.

Other Headlines Include:

Augusta’s new Fisher House — grassroots generosity at work in the CSRA.

New CSRA Wounded Warrior Care director talks bringing national attention to city.

CSRA Wounded Warrior honors judge.

 

2007

CSRA Wound Warrior Care Project was created.

In 2007, Laurie Ott was an anchorwoman and a reporter for WRDW-TV. She was interviewing a badly wounded warrior who was undergoing therapy here in Augusta. Laurie was inspired to leave her job and to devote her considerable skills to help our wounded warriors. Jim Hull provided financial support, and the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project was created. It is commitment to the community that has led Laurie Ott to accept a position with the Wounded Warrior Care Project, a local initiative sponsored by civic leaders.

 

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