Veterans Forever First
Foundation Inc.

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About Our Foundation

Mission: The Veterans Forever First Foundation, Inc. seeks to assist homeless veterans by providing shelter, psychological/rehabilitative and job training services.

The idea for the Veterans Forever First Foundation, Inc. (VFFF) came about on February 29, 2016 as a direct result of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a department of Health & Human Services, looking at the former Sugar Grove Naval base to house refugees from around the world. This link displays a March 3, 2016 account of this formative meeting. When fully operational we will be providing services to several hundred veterans a year -– giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out, and helping Americans first.

There are currently more than 49,000 homeless veterans in this country needing assistance in many areas of their lives. In addition, according to Veterans Administration statistics, greater than twenty homeless veterans commit suicide every day. These issues are addressed at the National level by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. The VFFF was created specifically to help those homeless veterans who are motivated to “get well” by providing the necessary services through a partnership with community-based service providers, veteran-support organizations, and veteran-friendly business employers.

Veterans Forever First Foundation, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are registered as a business and approved to fundraise in the state of West Virginia. Further information about the VFFF may be obtained by contacting


Please Help Our Efforts

Please help our Homeless veterans get shelter, get well, and get trained so they can get back to living life. Your donations are confidential, tax-deductable, and greatly appreciated.

VFF Foundation Board

Roger T. Ashley, CDR/USN (Ret) »» 1960 to 1987 Commissioned Line Officer, US Navy. Served in Destroyers, Submarines and a variety of Command and Staff assignments. Qualified for command of submarines. Served as Weapons Officer of POLARIS SSBN. As Executive Officer of one of the last conventional submarines, conducted decommissioning and turn over to the Turkish Navy. Served on the staff of Carrier Group EIGHT as Anti Submarine Officer in a deployed status. Following retirement joined Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) from 1987 to 2006 and conducted analyses in support of the US Navy Strategic Weapons Program. Developed Emergency Action Procedures for the SSBN leg of Strategic Nuclear Triad. After retirement from CSC became a gentleman farmer in Pendleton County, WV. Continued his interest in the Defense of this country and the veterans who have fought so bravely to guarantee our freedoms. Served as a volunteer driver of the Veterans Administration weekly van which ferried veteran patients to the Martinsburg WV VA Hospital for medical and surgical appointments.

Don Harris, LT/MSC/USN (Ret) »» Don has served this country for 29 years in the US Navy in a variety of challenging operational enlisted and officer assignments. While on active duty he earned his BS in Health Sciences from George Washington University. Since retiring from the military in 2005 he has been employed as a senior Physician Assistant, practicing family and urgent care medicine, at several Community Health Centers in eastern WV. Don served on the Mountain Hospice board-of directors from 2010-2016. During this period he was board President for four years and a member of the finance committee for this growing 5 million dollar nonprofit business. Don is a Life member of the VFW and has worked many hours assisting military veterans as a volunteer with West Virginia Honor Flight and Potomac Highlands Wounded Warriors.

Thomas E Kivlehan Jr., GYSGT/USMC (RET) »» Thomas is a retired US Marine Master Gunsmith, MOS 2112, who was instrumental in the improvements and design of the USMC M40A3 at Precision Weapons Shop in Quantico, VA. After 20 years of active duty in the ordnance and infantry field, he continued in the private sector, working for Heckler & Koch, Armalite, FNH USA, US Repeating Arms (Winchester), and as a government contractor. At present he has started his own business, Fortress Firearms Manufacturing LLC, providing general/custom gunsmithing and associated metalworking services.

Steven C. O'Toole, SCPO/USN (RET) »» While serving in the Navy for 26 years Steven was awarded eight citations for excellence in service and leadership. Before retiring from naval service in 2008 he a completed his BS degree in Technical Management and an MS degree in Administration. He now works in home repair, cabinet making and finished carpentry.

Mary Frances Wadsworth, SCPO/USN (RET) »» Mary Frances was born and raised in the small southeast Michigan farming town of Dundee. She joined the U. S. Navy in August 1975 and retired in January 1998 as a Cryptologic Technician (radio) Senior Chief (CTRCS), earning many awards and medals. After her Navy career she went into teaching Special Education at the elementary level. Mary Frances has a Bachelor of Science in Public Law and Government, a Master's of Science in Public Administration, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership. She is an avid world traveler and when home in West Virginia she substitute teaches and loves flower gardening.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Donald Harris, President and Executive Director,
Veterans Forever First Foundation Inc.

Telephone:  304-668-5915