THE GENESIS- NOVEMBER 2016
Joe Searcy, a disabled Army Veteran, found the sport of ice hockey to be extremely mentally and physically therapeutic. Wanting to share this experience and help other Veterans, he came up with the idea to start an all Veteran (disabled and able-bodied) ice hockey team.
BIRTH OF JFH- JUNE 2017
Teaming up with good friend Mike Zimmerman, a disabled Air Force Veteran, Joe and Mike built the concept and recruited fellow disabled and able-bodied Veterans for the JFH (Joint Forces Hockey ) roster. The new ice hockey team launched it's inaugural season winter of 2017.
JFVA SEED PLANTED- APRIL 2018
Joe and close Veteran friends of JFH; Doug Veatch, Jamie Gaudet, and Steve Browne, collaborated together to expand Joint Forces creating a JFVA Board of Directors and establishing a nonprofit company in the state of Colorado. Their vision: to build a Veteran nonprofit charitable organization to help support Veteran recreational programs, like JFH, and accommodate Veterans and their familes.
JFVA MATURES- MARCH 2019
March 29th, 2019 JFVA is recognized by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) as a 501(c)(19) Veteran charitable nonprofit organization. The Alliance officially becomes tax-exempt and can accept donations, which are tax deductible as charitable donations for all donors. The sky is the limit as JFVA grows to support Veterans and their familes in many capacities.