U.S. Marine Corps Spirit of Hope Award selectee


Skip Rogers, Executive Director of Able Forces, was the 2018 U.S. Marine Corps selectee for the DoD Spirit of Hope Award presented on 28 September in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

Video of the 2018 Award Ceremony:


The award was created based on the contributions of entertainer Bob Hope to members of the military, and is annually awarded to individuals or organizations whose work benefits the quality of life of service members and their families. The Spirit of Hope Award is awarded to individuals who: a)epitomize the values of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity, and selfless dedication; b) significantly enhance the quality of life of Service members and their families serving around the world, and c) selflessly contribute an extraordinary amount of time, talent, or resources to benefit Service members.  Furthermore, the award is presented annually to recipients nominated and selected by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.


Mr. Michael Rhodes-Pentagon Director of Administration and MajGen Daniel J. Lecce, USMC

Receiving Award from MajGen Daniel J. Lecce, USMC-Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

Mr. Gregory J. Slavonic, Department of the Navy Undersecretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs





Department of Defense awards high civilian honor to “vet who helps vets”

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A U.S, Army dog handler from the Vietnam War years who, from his modest Front Royal office, helps find jobs for wounded veterans across the nation, on Sept. 28 will receive the highest honor bestowed by the military on a civilian in a Pentagon ceremony.

See full article here:  https://royalexaminer.com/department-of-defense-awards-high-civilian-honor-to-vet-who-helps-vets/


3rd Annual Family Fun Day - Front Royal Virginia

What an absolutely Over-The-Top 3rd Annual Family Fun Day charity event.  Previous years have featured a Louisiana Crawfish Bowl, with music, vendors, and local organizations, for an all day festival in the town square.  This year Will and Nina Huck of C&C Frozen Treats went above and beyond to include another incredible crawfish boil (sold out!!), music, vendors, local organizations, AND one of largest parades Front Royal has seen; over 70 entrants.  This year's fesitival also included an awesome car show.

This was the 3rd Year Able Forces was honored by being selected as one of the charity recipients.  HUGE thank you also to Kathy Rogers for all her efforts with the hand-made decorations for our float and 3rd place in the judging.  Thank you also to all the young Warriors that joined us!

Can't wait till next year to step it up once again.  Thank you to Will and Nina, and all those who made this an awesome family event!!






2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

HUGE thank you to Audrey Lowry, Christine Ruffner and Morris & Co Realty for sponsoring the 2nd Annual Able Forces Charity Golf Tournament. Your tireless efforts certainly paid off with a great day of golf. We also want to thank all the corporate sponsors and private donors that contributed to another memorable day.


As with all donations to Able Forces, these contributions will exclusively support military, veterans, and their families who are in immediate financial crisis. Every dollar collected and donated will be used to support this Mission. God Bless all that participated in this wonderful charitable event.


Hibernian Beer Tasting Fundraiser

Many thanks to Rick Ring and the Fr. Kelley Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for their support of the Able Forces Crisis Fund for Military and Veteran families in immediate financial crisis. This is the 3rd year that they have shown their support by selecting Able Forces as their non-profit charity recipient for the Hibernian Beer Tasting Fundraiser.

More than a couple of pints were raised in support and we thank you for every drop of beer that satisfied these good Irish men and women. 

As they say in Gaelic “Dia duit” God Bless you.