A Growing Partnership
Jeeps ride down a dirt road Doug with ForbiddenJeeps comes down "Dishpan" a rock "waterfall" Jeeps stop to take photos of the view on a trail that runs along the side of a mountain

4 Wheel to Heal met up with Veterans 360, a nonprofit that helps combat veterans make the shift from military to civilian life, and members of ForbiddenJeeps, an online forum of Jeepers throughout the country.

The founder of Vets360, Rick Collins, approached 4 Wheel to Heal about setting up an event in the Southern California area where he could bring some of the veterans in his program to do some off-roading and camping. Our Executive Director of West Coast Operations reached out to try and make this happen and Doug, the founder of Forbidden Jeeps answered the call without hesitation. Through his network, he was able to get about 10 rigs (and 15 Jeepers) together for a weekend ride in Big Bear.

We had five veterans join us for camping at the Crab Flats. We hit a few easier trails on Saturday, and hit up Dishpan on Sunday morning before we headed home. Through coordination with organizations like Vets360, 4 Wheel to Heal is able to identify wounded and disabled veterans it may not otherwise be able to engage, and draw them into the off-roading community. Partnerships with organizations like ForbiddenJeeps help us grow our volunteer base as well as put on special trips like this one.

4 Wheel to Heal wants to thank ForbiddenJeeps.com for all their help and support, and looks forward to continuing our relationship. Check them out at www.forbiddenjeeps.com
We also want to thank Veterans 360 for reaching out to 4 Wheel to Heal and realizing the benefit our organization plays in helping wounded veterans recover. We believe in their motto, “Engagement, Education, Employment.” Learn more about this non-profit organization at www.vets360.org.

Check out more photos on our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/4wheeltoheal/sets/72157634155729363/ or on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/4wheeltoheal
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