“I shall walk this earth as a shield of strength and a beacon of Hope.
When I'm gone, I will continue to inspire from above."
The Bobby Henline Foundation, Inc. doing business as Forging Forward, is an IRS registered non-profit organization, created by a group of people who believe it is in everyone’s best interest to honor and empower military veterans and first responders and their families.
By joining like-minded individuals together, we can fulfill the vision of creating every day lives filled with quality, friendship, motivation, flexibility, and individual pride. We do this through the sharing of art to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen our communities.
Within this duty is the underlying social responsibility of assisting military veterans and first responders and their families to re-secure their humanity through the provision of and funding for opportunities to increase their social connectivity, participate in activities to increase their knowledge of physical and mental health conditions that allow them to live an individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life.
In April 2007 Bobby Henline came home from his 4th deployment to a war zone barely holding on to his life in a medically induced coma.
Doctors said there was no medical explanation why he was alive.
He feels he should have died with the other four men in the vehicle but did not.
Bobby has learned over the years how to battle the demons of PTSD, Survivors Guilt, Emptiness and Isolation. He knows the darkness of feeling lost and detached from friends and family. Many nights he prayed to God to let him die in his sleep.
For over 10 yrs, Bobby has traveled the world sharing his story inspiring others and being inspired by others. With supportive friends, Bobby started The Bobby Henline Foundation dba Forging Forward to help others like him, Military, First Responders, and their families.
Forging Forward's goal is to help them find their outlet, show them how to use the tools and weapons Bobby has been using for years to battle and live with his "new" normal to help them find their "new" normal, and to help them look deep inside and ask not "What’s wrong with me?"
but to ask “What is Strong with Me? “
Bobby says "A good leader has been through hell and understands what it takes to get through. Then reaches back and helps the next persons through. I hope to be a good leader to as many as I can. I feel it is my mission on earth to help others through hell and continue Forging Forward into the light."