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Operation Not Forgotten participated in the Paulding County Christmas Parade in Dallas Georgia on Saturday. December 2.  A great time was had by all.
Life Renewed / Operation Not forgotten receives 2017 TOP-RATED Non-Profit Award from Great Non-Profits.
Paulding Vet Life Community in Dallas, Georgia has a new digital billboard.

Cherokee County veterans and the Military Ministry at First Baptist Church Woodstock are teaming up to implement a new, innovative program called Operation Not Forgotten Vet Life Community.

The program, which is set to begin in July, will allow veterans of all conflicts and military branches to “come in and discuss in a secure and supportive manner life issues that they have or have had that deal with their time in service,” said Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program director Jim Lindenmayer.   See More


Operation Not Forgotten/Vet Life Communities is proud to join forces with Emory Healthcare Veterans Program to serve as a resource as we ensure no Veteran is left behind. Emory Healthcare Veterans Program offers Post-9/11 veterans expert and collaborative care to help heal the invisible wounds of war, at no cost. Our comprehensive approach combines behavioral health care, including psychiatry and neurology, rehabilitative medicine, recreation and wellness, and family support to help our nation’s Veterans reintegrate and reclaim their life.

NEW Cherokee Veterans Community -  A new Vet Life Community  in Woodstock, Georgia

For more information: Tim King - / 678-494-2680

Meetings are every Thursday at 6:30 pm at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Building A, Rm. 140; 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Ga. 30188 beginning in July.

(Progam Director Tim King - Left /

Paulding VLC


The Paulding Vet Life Community will hold its first meeting for male veterans on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 6:30.  Meetings will take place every Thursday (6:30 p.m.) at the BETHANY Christian Church Parsonage Annex located at 3264 Villa Rica Highway, Dallas, GA. 30157

More Information Contact:  Steve Schiffman – - 770-947-8606   

Jim Kurth and Mike Allen

Gulf Coast Vet Life Community in Victoria, Texas  is training new life coaches

Please click on link above for video news clip. Jim Kurth, Program Director of Gulf Coast VLC, Mike Allen.


NEW Gulf Coast Vet Life Community in Victoria, Texas.  Meetings Mondays @6:30 

American Legion Hall, 1402 E. Santa Rosa St. Victoria Tx. 77901 

Photo (left): Jim and Katy Kurth

For more info email:


 Operation Not Forgotten Team member Joe Taylor (Artist, Musician, Paleontologist, Philanthropist) will be publishing his book on his art work.  Congratulations, and many thanks, to Joe.  See More

O'Charley's Restaurant  supports Veterans in their community by supplying refreshments for Canton Vet Life Community weekly meetings. 



Groups Collaborate to Establish Vet Life Communities

Canton, Georgia – July 10, 2015 – As the first in the country, American Legion Post 45 in Canton is leading the way to implement a new, innovative program called Operation Not forgotten Vet Life Community.

The Canton Post working with other governmental and non-profit groups is a focal point within the county for veterans – especially those who are homeless – and their families.  


Beta Sigma Phi Logo

Operation Not Forgotten Vet Life will begin new Communites throughout Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding Counties in Georgia.  We are looking for people to train as Life Coaches, and for churches or other organizations who would like to host a Vet Life Community in thieir building.    Beta Sigma Phi, the world's largest women's sorority, is partnering with us to sponsor these new communities. 


Goodwill Communications, a firm which specializes in distributing public service advertising campaigns has donated $16,000 worth of pro-bono services to Operation Not Forgotten.  Twice – in Fall of 2012 and in Fall of 2014 - ONF’s TV PSA has been distributed in CablePAK, a high-quality four-color package of multiple TV PSAs mailed to 500 leading cable systems.  Included in the package is a four-color newsletter, individual storyboards for each client and a feature story for each client campaign. 


GWINNETT COUNTY VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER                                          

The GVRC is located in the Gwinnett County Annex, 750 S. Perry St. Suite 300, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

Email Gwinnett Veteran Resource Center or call  tel: 678.226.9177


Boys go to war. Often, they come home to tearful girlfriends or wives, parents, grandparents and friends who try their best to hold the soldiers’ hands and help them deal with the aftermath of war, memories of cruel sights and cruel acts they had little choice but to carry out.

Too often, those loved ones just don’t know how to help damaged young men, and anguish gets the better of the veterans, causing them to seek the only way out they can find: suicide. Now, a new national charity, whose treasurer is state Rep. Buzz Brockway, is starting its Georgia efforts in Gwinnett County and working on a plan to keep local veterans from taking that step.

Steve Schiffman, Executive Director of the non-profit, Operation Not Forgotten, says the need for veterans’ aide in Gwinnett and elsewhere is dire.

Within the program, veterans can attend casual support groups at local churches, where they will be able to discuss the issues they face after war with other veterans who can truly understand what they’re going through. Those who chose will go through a 12-step program, modeled after the one used in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, to reach a more stable point in their lives and minds.

The veterans will also be offered a quality of life assessment, which gives a report that Schiffman says is like getting a “three-page scientific report — a specific report — to your issues.”

The reason for Gwinnett getting the pilot Georgia programs was in part that Brockway, a Lawrenceville Republican, is involved and the number of veterans in the county. According to the Gwinnett Coalition, the county’s 47,000 veterans in 2013 made it second only to Cobb and Fulton counties in veteran population in the state.

So far, the organization, which has had success in New York State, is still looking for churches to host programs in Gwinnett. 

Brockway plans to attend meeting, during which he and others with the organization hope pastors from around the Lawrenceville area will be attracted to the originality of the program.

“This (organization) is unique and has an excellent chance to be effective,” Brockway said, citing the 12-step aspect and the quality of life assessments. “I think dealing with that quality of life issue is something that government really can’t do. It’s something I don’t think we do well. This (is) a great opportunity to help that.”

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