Karl Monger wrote -
Relationships are the core of GallantFew. Connecting a person leaving the military with someone just like him or her, who has already transitioned and is established in the local community opens doors and opportunities that otherwise would not be available to the new veteran.
Everything one does in the military is examined using the AAR (After Action Review) process and valuable lessons learned are readily shared so that others can benefit without having to make the same mistakes - yet no formal transition AAR process exists. GallantFew fills this gap. I had a veteran tell me once that he wanted his hindsight to be another's foresight.
We're helping hundreds of veterans a year, but the demand is far greater. Our biggest challenge is awareness that GallantFew exists, and second is organizing communities to put in place programs to create and foster these veteran relationships.
Along the way we constantly encounter veterans whose transitions have been ongoing for a decade or longer, and it's not pretty. Some of them require intensive post-traumatic stress or alcohol abuse treatment, some need help after a period of unemployment, many struggle with service-connected injuries the VA refuses to recognize.
We need your help! Spread the word, help us raise funds, help organize your community. Read below on how to get started!
Run Ranger Run V(5)
Teams of up to ten individuals pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February. Each team will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for stated veteran transition issues.
Progress is being made due to dedicated and joint efforts. We need to continue our momentum in helping veterans who continue to battle unemployment, underemployment, homelessness and suicide. The most recent Department of Labor statistics from March 2016 show Global War on Terror veteran unemployment is down 1.4 percent. The VA also reports a decline in veteran suicide to twenty per day from previously reported twenty two veterans a day take their own lives. The work of GallantFew does make a difference and your miles will change lives!
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.
As a Result
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – GallantFew offers an annual Run Ranger Run event.
“I also want you to know how much of an impact this event had on my life."
"Thank you for all of your help and for this wonderful event. I can't tell you how much this has brought my husband (a combat veteran) out of his shell for a while. Its been great!"
Teams of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run, swim, kayak and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February. They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for stated veteran issues.
- A team captain recruits and forms his or her team.
- Team goal is to walk, run, swim, kayak or ride a bike (or any combination) a total of 565 miles during February.
- Teams can be one to ten people.
- Teams are not limited geographically. It can be a local group that logs mileage together or could be a team spread out across the USA or even overseas.
- Teams can honor a fallen, wounded or serving Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine by naming their team in honor of that person, and their team website should be able to reflect that.
- Teams will register and track their progress online
- Teams raise money by getting family, friends and co-workers to sponsor them per mile
Visit our official web site HERE.