Forever Young Senior Veterans is a local non-profit that is very close to David’s heart. Forever Young provides honor, healing, and hope to military veterans 65 years and older by granting their unfulfilled dreams, returning them to the places where they fought. The Pickler Law Firm was honored to provide pro bono work for this outstanding organization, helping them embark this amazing journey.
FOREVER YOUNG SENIOR VETERANS
Years ago, Diane Hight, founder and president of Forever Young, shared her vision with David of creating a not-for-profit organization that could honor the incredible service of our nation's veterans by forming Forever Young Senior Veterans.
Upon hearing Diane’s mission to honor those who gave so much for our country’s safety and freedom, David eagerly jumped on board to make this dream a reality. Because David had previously awarded senior veterans with high school diplomas through his service as Chairman of the Shelby County Board of Education, this partnership was a synergistic fit. It was the perfect way to honor our patriots.
The Pickler Law Firm immediately got to work, providing free legal assistance to the organization so that our heroes could be rightfully honored. We are proud to have assisted Forever Young with securing tax-exempt status, ensuring that Diane’s dream could be fully realized and sustained.
Over a decade later, Forever Young continues to provide honor, healing, and hope to our veterans.
Trips of Healing
This Collierville-based organization was founded to end the silent suffering of military veterans (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) 65 years and older by granting their unfulfilled dreams, returning them to the places where they fought, and giving them the honor, healing, and hope they need and deserve.
What started as one veteran’s wish to visit the National World War II Memorial, turned into the main mission of Forever Young. Many of the WWII veterans had not witnessed the monument that stands in their honor. The memorial wasn't completed until 2004. By then, the trip to Washington D.C. was too difficult for these elderly veterans to take on their own.
Forever Young takes several trips per year that include Normandy, Belgium, Italy, and Pearl Harbor. They also take veterans on "Trips of Honor" to Washington D.C. and the WWII Museum in New Orleans. Forever Young has been on 53 “Trips of Honor“ since 2006.
These trips are not vacations, but are emotional trips of healing and closure for those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.
"They see the beautiful land and peacefulness and they realize they did something very worthwhile and they come back with a spring in their step,” said Diane Hight, founder of Forever Young. “They did something that made a difference in the world.”