Force 50 Foundation


Our Purpose

Force 50 Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for Oklahoma veterans. This is accomplished by directing donated funds to improve access to programs meeting their health, education, employment, housing, and family needs. Download our 2022 brochure.

Why We Exist – Values

Every person has worth and value

We value the power of collaboration

We value all who have defended liberty in the armed forces and choose to be their advocate in civilian life

We value a “One Mission, One Force” network as the best way to connect organizations serving veterans

What We Do – Mission

Build bridges to connect organizations caring for, helping, serving, and honoring Oklahoma veterans

Provide grant funding to partner organizations in our “One Mission, One Force” network

Provide emergency aid to individual veterans in crisis


  • Pete Reed, (MAJ, U.S. Army, Ret.)

    , Chairman

    LifeSpring Home Health Care
    Manager of Veteran Services
    Coordinator, Governor’s Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program
    Former Executive Director of Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Myles Deering, (Major General, U.S. Army, Ret.)

    , Vice-Chairman

    American Legion
    Oklahoma Adjutant General, 2009-2015
    Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs

  • Ashley Howard

    , Secretary

    NewView Oklahoma
    Vice President of Marketing

  • Steve Yarger

    , Treasurer

    LifeSpring Home Health Care

  • Rita Aragon (Maj. Gen., USANG, Retired

    , Member

    Commander, Oklahoma Air National Guard
    Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans and Military Affairs (2011-2019)

  • Pete Costilow

    , Member

    Retired FAA and United States Army
    Oklahoma Veterans Commission (ODVA)
    Vice Chairman

  • Doug Harrison

    , Member

    LifeSpring Home Health Care
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Rich W. Hess (Sgt. USMC, Veteran Desert Storm F 2/14

    , Member

    Health Care Highways
    Vice President of Business Development
    Folds of Honor

  • Mike Intrieri

    , Member

    Just Kids Pediatrics
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Mark Kinders, Ed. D (Sgt., USMC)

    , Member

    Visiting Scholar, Vice President-Emeritis, University of Central Oklahoma
    Co-Chair, Governor’s Pilot Project on Veterans Access to Health Care
    Coordinator, UCO research and mitigation strategies development on veteran suicide
    Member, Governor’s challenge to reduce veteran suicide

  • Ben Robinson (Brig. Gen., USAF, Retired)

    , Member

    Retired U.S. Air Force (Commander of AWACS at Tinker AFB)
    Owner/President, Sentry One LLC
    Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education
    Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2019-2021

  • Shanna Stallings

    , Member

    Blanchard Professional Properties

  • Karen Vahlberg

    , Member

    LifeSpring Home Health Care, BSN, RN

  • Benny Vanatta

    , Member

    Vanatta and Associates
    United States Army Vietnam (1968-1970)
    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Gary W. Banz

    , Executive Director

    United States Army Korea (1968-1970); United States Army Reserve 1982-1990
    Teacher/Coach in Putnam City, Ada, and Mid-Del School Districts (1970-1998)
    Oklahoma House of Representatives 2004-2016; Veteran and Military Affairs Committee, Chairman
    Co-Founder and Executive Director of Oklahoma Honor Flights.
    Friends of the Oklahoma History Center Foundation, Treasurer

Force 50 Foundation Ambassadors

  • Rep. Jon Echols

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. Chris Kannady

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. Kevin McDugle

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. Marcus McEntire

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. David Smith

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. Jay Steagall

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Rep. Josh West

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Sheila Dills

    House of Representatives (2018-2022)

  • Jason Dunnington

    House of Representatives (2014-2020)

  • Collin Walke

    House of Representatives (2016-2022)

  • Sen. J. J. Dossett

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Sen. Paul Rosino

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Sen. Frank Simpson

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Sen. George Young

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Steve Owens

    University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy Winner and former NFL player

  • Tinker Owens

    University of Oklahoma football standout and NFL player

  • Barry Switzer

    Head Football Coach for the University of Oklahoma,
    Head Football Coach for the Dallas Cowboys and member of the college football Hall of Fame.

  • Honorable George Nigh

    Governor of Oklahoma (1979-1986)
    Special Advisor to the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program

  • Donna Nigh

    Oklahoma First Lady

  • Honorable Mary Fallin

    Governor of Oklahoma (2011-2018)

  • Wade Christiansen

    Oklahoma First Gentleman

  • Bill Anoatubby

    Governor of the Chickasaw Nation

  • Blake Shelton

    Award winning Country Music Star

  • Ed Pulido, MAJ, United States Army (Ret)

    Heart of a Lion Foundation

  • Scott Mitchell

    Host of Mitchell Talks


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