Dr. Forkner is the commander and a Service Officer at East Valley Chapter 8 for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), assisting his fellow veterans and their families in receiving the benefits & assistance they have earned through their service. He is Chair of the Mesa Veterans Program and a trained Military/Veteran Resource Navigator and Veteran-Ready Healthcare Provider.
Dr. Forkner is President and Chairman of the Board for the East Valley Veterans Foundation, on the Board of Directors of Resurrection Street Ministry, a Champion & Trainer for Dementia Friendly Tempe, Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and an Ambassador for Objective Zero to help prevent military, veteran, and family member suicides.
He was recipient of five "Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal" awards during his career, USO Volunteer Service to Education Award, Coach of the Season Award, Career Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award, and Disabled Veteran of the Year for 2021 and 2022.
Dr. Forkner has participated in research over most of the last four decades, providing important studies on education, national strategy, military operations, international security, business, and societal issues.
His current research focuses on neuroscience, the relationship between assessment instruments and behaviors, and mental health & wellness. He currently works at Vitanya Brain Performance and supports the Heal the Hero Foundation.
From working with international leaders, to our representatives in Washington DC and Arizona, to our local leaders, Dr. Forkner is involved in helping shape the future for business, education, and the community. His causes include working to end Veteran homelessness, Veteran suicide, and helping to create awareness how communities can create and maintain a more friendly and less threatening environment for residents who suffer from Dementia and related memory disorders.
Advocacy & Service
Dedicated to finding solutions for PTSD & TBI. Helping Veterans and First Responders live better lives.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) AZ Chapter 8 in Mesa, AZ, is my Chapter. I am the Chapter Adjutant (October 2018) and will be certifying in January as a National Service Officer in January 2019.
The VFW is one of the most respected voices in Washington D.C., and within local governments across America. We advocate for justice for our nation's veterans, service members and military families on an array of issues and continue to be the voice for veterans everywhere. We regularly testify before Congress, meet with elected officials and rally our national network of VFW members and patriotic supporters to ensure our lawmakers put veterans first.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.
MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers. To reach our Member Service Center, please call 1-800-234-6622 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through national and local programs, the Navy League of the United States provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our Sea Services to our nation' defense, well-being and economic prosperity. The Navy League provides support to our Sea services personnel and their families and youth programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Every day, we fight for veterans. Hard. We are the tip-of-the spear non-profit engine of impact that connects, unites and empowers over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide.
I work with the local Phoenix, AZ Chapter. Our goal is to raise awareness and support programs that focus on preventing suicide.
Objective Zero uses a mobile application to provide confidential and readily-available support and crisis assistance to military, veterans, and their families. I am an Ambassador and trained Crisis Response Planning mentor.
Dedicated to helping communities become aware of how they can foster an understanding, friendly, and safe environment for people suffering from Dementia and other memory disorders.
Dementia Friends Arizona provides resources and training to help community members, caregivers, organizations, and companies understand better how to assist people suffering from dementia and other memory disorders.
Connecting professionals in career transition with hiring companies and quality resources. Providing outreach programs offering career connections, hiring companies, education workshops, networking, resources and job leads in targeted networking groups. Offer a web portal of career resources, job leads and social media connections.
VOB is a directory of over 30,000 Veteran-Owned businesses.