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Restoring emotional, mental, and physical health to returning veterans through meaningful job training, employment, and the arts.


Desert Forge Foundation was formed by combat veterans to serve fellow veterans. Like you, we served our country proudly, whether in the comfort of peace or in the midst of battle. Then one day the weapon was secured and gear was packed away one last time; and it was time to head home, maybe a place not so familiar anymore.

We get it; we’ve been there. That’s the reason that the organizations of the Desert Forge Foundation were formed. Our mission is to help our returning brothers and sisters find…

  • Employment
  • Restoration
  • Hope
  • Strength


  • Veterans represent our nation’s highest quality human capital; and even though most of these men and women are highly trained, and capable, over one million veterans across the USA are either unemployed or under-employed. In New Mexico approximately 6,000 recently returned combat veterans are in need of employment.
  • Additionally, a significant percentage of our nation’s veterans have returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and related physiological problems that increase the risk of suicide. Tragically, an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives every day.
  • It’s estimated that 66 New Mexico veterans committed suicide last year.

    Recent Desert Forge Posts

  • Funding April 20, 2016

    Woo hoo!!! Recently the Desert Forge Foundation received a $20,000 grant (second year in a row) from the McCune Foundation because of our


  • UNM Sustainability April 14, 2015

    Recently the dean of the UNM sustainability program, Dr. Bruce Milne reached out to the Desert Forge Foundation, expressing interest in our


  • Farm Work April 14, 2015

    Recently the Veterans at Warrior Farmer Project completed the rehab of a 60×60 shade structure where 750 tomato plants will be grown. Preparation



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Jorge O Alcaraz from Torreon wrote on April 14, 2016:
I am a Afghanistan and Iraq veteran who has struggled thru unemployment and PTSD. It makes me so happy to see an organization such as this, that not only tries to employ but also empower veterans. Our connection to our food is the most important thing that we can teach our next generation. I hope to get involved in this organization. Thank you.
Demetria from Albuquerque wrote on January 22, 2016:
How wonderful! I am interested in learning more about this program and being able to meet up with my brother and sisters in arms. Thank you.
Lynzee Gilbert from Albuquerque wrote on December 2, 2015:
It's great to see an organization arise to meet such a need as this!
Alf Barreiro from Albuquerque wrote on November 23, 2015:
Thank you for all you do for our vets!

Warrior Farmer ProjectWarrior Farmer Project Warrior Farmer Project

Helping veterans to transition to civilian life & attain financial stability through training and employment in a dynamic farm setting
Presenting veterans a creative & technical outlet by actively participating in the making of culturally relevant films
Providing no-charge music instruction & the opportunity to learn the nuts & bolts of professional musicianship and management