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Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.

Giving Veterans with a new "Leash" on Life.

aka VetsFwd.org or VMF   |   Dulles, VA   |  http://www.vetsfwd.org

Mission

The mission of Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) is to Provide service, therapy and emotional support dogs for veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges at no cost to the Veteran or their family.

Notes from the nonprofit

Testimonials “I have witnessed hardened combat vets smiling for the first time in weeks and highly guarded individuals suddenly engaging with their peers over a common admiration for Gil’s impressive service to their group. Many of these patients see him as their hero; a little ironic given that they are heroes to us all.” -Katie Tactile Recovery Zamp continues to remain by my side and has been a key to my progress through the four surgical procedures I have undergone since June 23, 2021 (back). In the past I would get deeply depressed and take too many pain pills, thoughts of suicide would become dangerous. However, Zamp has changed this, while I did get somewhat depressed after the first surgery - it was nothing like previous bouts. I have been able to refrain from pain pills quicker and no longer have the suicidal thoughts pervading my thoughts." - USAF Veteran Doc “ If not for Jug I would either be inpatient or dead; having committed suicide” - Veteran De'Angelo

Ruling year info

2010

President & CEO

Kerri Kline

Main address

44225 Mercure Circle Suite 130

Dulles, VA 20166 USA

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EIN

27-3117964

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We will provide service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges. Through our services VMF will make a meaningful difference in the lives of disabled veterans by facilitating their recovery and increasing their safety and independence within their homes and communities. Well accomplish this by providing canine support to address both visible and invisible injuries, ranging from adjusting to loss of limbs to post-traumatic stress. Additionally, our service and therapy dogs will support veterans and military service members at medical centers, at a variety of veteran support centers, clinics, potentially in one-on-one therapy with mental health professionals, as well as at stressful or emotional events.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assistance/Service Dog Training

Service Dogs are trained to perform a specific task to mitigate a disability. The disability can be mental and/or physical. The tasks to be performed vary according to the disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

VMF offers a variety of canine therapy services to veterans and military service members, including comfort dogs, therapy dogs and facility dogs.

Comfort dog provide opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational and/or therapeutic benefit to enhance quality of life for veterans by providing comfort and unconditional love.

Therapy dog teams participate in animal-assisted therapy with specific goals, and objectives,. Goals can include improvements in mental stimulation, motivation to participate in traditonal therapy and recovery, and recreational therapy

Facility dogs work at the side of a professional care-giver, health care practitioner, or physical or occupation therapist to engage veterans in activities to stimulate healing and recovery.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Careful matching of the VMF dog against the wide range of veterans’ needs, along with training tailored to those specific needs, involves multiple assessments, home visits, and a probationary placement that can last between two weeks and four months. Throughout this time, the veteran and service dog continue to attend group and individual training sessions.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

VMF educates veterans, the health care community servicing them, and the general public on the efficacy of assistance/service dogs and canine therapy in treating both physical and mental health challenges. VMF strives to create a dynamic conversation on how service dogs and canine therapy address the unique needs of veterans and military service members and to be a resource promoting best practices in a non-regulated industry.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

VMF is a veteran-centric nonprofit organization that leverages veterans to help other veterans. VMF seeks experienced, qualified veterans or spouses of active, reserve or guard military personnel, who can work independently as volunteers or part time consultants. Veterans can be employed as puppy raisers/sitters, outreach ambassadors, administrative assistants, and managers/coordinators of transportation, the therapy team, special events, and marketing/communication.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service dogs trained and placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Assistance/Service Dog Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Placing a trained service dog with a specific veteran dealing with either a physical or mental challenge.

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Assistance/Service Dog Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Placing trained service dogs with veterans.

Number of applicants applying for service dogs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Assistance/Service Dog Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increase number of veteran applications for service or emotional support dogs.

Number of applicants applying for therapy dog level training.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Assistance/Service Dog Placement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New program for 2020. Training dogs acquired by veterans to the "comfort dog" level so that the veteran can take the dog with them without fear of not being obdient when outside the house.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Priorities:
The highest priority of VMF is to fulfill its mission of providing (1) qualified therapy/service dogs to veterans and (2) associated canine therapy services for health care delivery to veterans with an increasing number each year.

Program Goals:
Acquire and train puppies to become therapy/service dogs that meet the specific needs of their veteran.
Place therapy/service dogs with veterans through a comprehensive matching process which ensures a high success rate.
Provide continued training and guidance to veterans following service dog placement.
Provide canine comfort/therapy services to veterans and active duty service members alongside their healthcare provider and at veteran-centric organizations and events.

Supporting Actions:
1. Actively train therapy/service dogs to fulfill our missions utilizing our full-time, certified, Director of Training and Programs.
2. Actively promote VMF service dogs to the veteran population and identify those in need of VMF highly trained service dogs.
3. Create and implement a strategy to reach out to clinicians and veteran-centric organizations to increase outreach to potential veteran applicants and reach of canine comfort/therapy services.
4. Establish a base of long-term, accredited puppy breeders.
5. Execute and maintain a volunteer recruitment, recognition and retention program.
6. Establish and execute marketing and communications plans to spread awareness of the benefits of service dogs for veterans; promote VMF activities and accomplishments; and recruit volunteers and veteran applicants.

Veterans Moving Forward maintains a facility that allows for training of service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. A full-time, certified, Director of Training and Programs, creates and executes our training programs to match the needs of our veterans. VMF also works closely with an expert medical board comprising doctors, TBI scientists, neuroscientists, therapists, and counsellors. These health professionals review the applications of veterans to ensure that all their physical and mental needs are addressed and carefully matched with a properly trained dog.

In addition to full-time staff, the VMF team includes a dedicated pool of unpaid volunteers, most of whom have extensive military or military family experience, as well as specialized consultants paid for specific tasks at highly reduced rates. The team includes dedicated professionals in the fields of accounting, animal behaviorists, behavioral health, business, law, nursing, marketing, occupational health, photojournalism, dog breeding and training, psychiatry, psychology, and veterinary medicine. Board members have corporate, military, non-profit financial and legal expertise, as well as oversight of our canine training and veteran matching programs.

To reach the military community and provide effective services, VMF has developed partnerships with over two dozen organizations and private clinicians over the past five years including medical centers, educational institutions, and veteran-centric organizations.

VMF has expanded the financial donor base to support the current plan and laid the foundation for future expansion.

Through our services, VMF is making a meaningful difference in the lives of disabled veterans by facilitating their recovery and increasing their safety and independence within their homes and communities. All VMF dogs serve veterans and their families as our model focuses on providing a variety of services in the form of highly trained comfort dogs, therapy dogs, facility dogs and service dogs.

VMF provides canine support to address both visible and invisible injuries, ranging from adjusting to loss of limbs to post-traumatic stress. These disabilities may result from either U.S. military service or through an accident or illness incurred in private life following that service. VMF’s service and assistance dogs will support veterans and military service members at medical centers, at a variety of veteran support centers, clinics, potentially in one-on-one therapy with mental health professionals, as well as at stressful or emotional events.

Veterans in need may receive service dogs after a VMF’s meticulous matching process that includes multiple assessments, approximately two years of puppy training, and multiple training sessions for the matched veteran and service dog. VMF’s careful matching of the service dog with the specific range of a veteran’s needs, along with the training tailored to meet those specific needs ensures a highly successful veteran-dog placement.

The current Department of Veteran Affairs’ policy is to provide service dogs only to veterans with visual or hearing impairment or select mobility challenges. VMF aims to focus on providing canine support to meet the full range of services (from dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to adjusting to loss of limbs or immobility) to meet the significant, unfulfilled needs of our Nation’s veterans of any armed service from any generation, campaign or peacetime service.

The VMF difference stems from our understanding and appreciation that each veteran and their challenges are unique to that individual veteran and his or her environment. Our meticulous custom matching of a veteran’s needs, the recognition of how canine therapy can play an important part of any veteran’s recovery, and then matching a dog’s capacity to provide the support to meet those needs includes multiple assessments and months, sometimes years of puppy training.

We are improving in every area, from growth in program successes (placement of service dogs and increasing therapy services), to increase in the volunteer corps numbers, strengthening of staff processes, and annual increases of fundraising goals and actual income.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gary Profit

Army Veteran, Brigadier General, Retired

Term: 2022 -


Board co-chair

John Prufeta

Medical Excellence, Inc.

Term: 2022 -

Diane Nakashima - Barstein

The Retirement Advisor University, Inc.

Laurence Grayer

SigSauer

Bud Schiff

Alvarez & Marsal

Sandy Daniels

Retired

Ed Weinberg

OptumServe

Jim Mangie

Delta Airlines

Bob Rosenkranz

Retired

Geno Migliaccio

George Washington University

John Vannoy

Strata-G

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.