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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

  • Warrior Farmer Project 2016, After Action Review November 14, 2016

    Recently, the Desert Forge Foundation (DFF) completed Warrior Farmer Project 2016, training eight Veterans and seven community residents. An


  • Funding September 20, 2016

    Woo hoo!!! We are moving forward. Recently the Desert Forge Foundation signed a Cooperative Agreement with USDA, NRCS  providing us with $75,000 in


  • Farm Work April 14, 2016

    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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Victor Versace wrote on January 28, 2017:
I've watched Desert Forge grow from one small garden to several farm sites with over 25,000 New Mexico chile plants and dozens of Warrior Farmers learning farming and business. It's amazing to see what can happen when folks are committed to change.
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!

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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