Arthur S. Forman first displayed his leadership ability and concern for God and country in earning the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award given to youth in Scouting in 1976. He continued in Scouting in numerous positions at Unit, District, and Council levels. Arthur served in positions of Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Member, Order of the Arrow Advisor, and Camp Counselor. Today he still finds time for the youth of our community when called upon by St John Kanty’s Boy Scout Troop 107 and other units. Upon graduating from Canisius High School in 1978 he continued onto college and became active in both community and political organizations.
In 1979 Arthur S. Forman joined the United States Army and upon completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training served as a Military Policeman with the 66th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion in Karlsruhe, Germany until 1982. During that time his superiors considered him a paragon of emulation because of his concern for his fellow man. Upon ending his tour of service, he returned to Western New York. His dedication to his community found him responding to the call of the New York Army National Guard, where he has served since 1982. During this period he has responded to the needs of New York’s National Guard. No matter whether the disaster was a snowstorm in the Queen City of Buffalo, a microburst in the Albany area, snow removal in Staten Island, distributing aide to the residents during the Ice Storm that ravaged Jefferson County and the North Country and the unfortunate events of September 11th, 2001 answered the call by the New York Army National Guard to respond to the needs of his fellow citizen. From 2004 until 2005 he answered the call to Active Duty to serve in Iraq. Arthur Forman in May 2008 proudly retired from HHC 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the New York Army National Guard.
Arthur Forman has been involved with the Variety Club of Buffalo for many years and was instrumental in bringing back a Satellite into South Buffalo, which was sponsored by South Buffalo American Legion Post #721 for a number of years. He has displayed an unending devotion to the support of the Variety Club of Buffalo which is a foundation that supports the needs of Buffalo’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and various other Children’s Charities throughout Western New York. In 2009 he was recognized by this organization for his efforts in helping the children of Western New York and Southern Ontario. He presently serves as co-chairman of the Veterans Committee for the 2012 Variety Kids Telethon.
From 1985 to 1996 Arthur Forman operated a business in the Broadway – Bailey area of the City of Buffalo’s East Side. Once again he demonstrated his concern in the way he did business for his community. He became a driving force in this business community.
Since becoming a member of the South Buffalo American Legion Post #721 Arthur Forman has served the Post not only as Commander from 2002-2003, but also as Sergeant At Arms, Vice Commander, Chaplain and other positions when called upon by the needs of the Post. Presently he sits on the Post’s Board of Directors as Secretary and on the Executive Board. Arthur Forman also served as Personal Aide to the Erie County Commander from 2002-2003 and in 2006. In September 2006, once again he stepped up to fill the position as Erie County Vice-Commander. In 2007 Arthur Forman not only attended and graduated from the New York American Legion College but also attended and graduated from the National American Legion College in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 2008 to 2009 Arthur S. Forman served as the Erie County Commander of the American Legion.
At the Department Level of the American Legion since 2007 to 2011 served as the State chairman of the Heroes to Hometowns/Family Support Committee as well as various other committees. From 2009 to 2011 served as Editor for the National American Legion Press Association. Since 2007 Arthur Forman has served as National American Legion Distinguished Guests Committee Vice-Chairman.
In the Sons of the American Legion Arthur Forman in 2010 served as Erie County Squadron Commander and continues his service as 8th District Vice - Commander.
Also since 2008 he has served on the Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center Veterans Advisory Council.
Arthur Forman still remains very active within the community in lending his time and expertise to various community and political organizations.
Presently Arthur Forman has returned to school to complete a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Computer Science Engineering at SUNY – Buffalo (Amherst Campus).