Electric Forces started as an opportunity to be of service with brothers and sisters from the military behind the scenes of Electric Forest.
Launched in 2013, the creation of Electric Forces was inspired by the stories of Pat and Tim, two young wounded veterans who attended Electric Forest and were deeply moved by the community they found there. As Pat explained, “My friends took me to Electric Forest in 2012 when I was still lost. It changed my life. Everyone at that festival became my family within a few days and I can honestly say I think it saved my life.” Since then, Electric Forces has strived to nurture healing and to build connectedness between U.S. military veterans and music festival communities. Electric Forces activations have included shared storytelling, group camping, site-build volunteer opportunities, and more.
In 2018, Electric Forces was reimagined through the Wish Machine. Forest HQ invited veterans to come together and work with Electric Forest crews through internships – bringing veterans and production together at the highest level. The Wish Machine sparked inspiration to evolve the festival’s Electric Forces program – inviting veterans who face Post Traumatic Stress to integrate into the festival landscape, bringing specific military experiences to a wide variety of internships at Electric Forest. The program was engulfed with love and inspiration, driving efforts to establish a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by Veterans for Veterans. O.U.R. Vets Inc was established by members of Electric Forces to provided similar opportunities to Veterans across the United States.
In 2019, through networking opportunities (social and occupational), job paths, roles in production and mentorship, and collaboration with fans, the Electric Forces program aims to provide healing experiences for veterans and fans alike, creating a bridge that fosters social inclusion.