I am running the Army Ten-Miler for the second time Sunday October 13, 2019, for Lead The Way Fund to assist wounded and active duty U.S. Army Rangers and their families with recovery, health, wellness and other financial programs.
The Lead The Way Fund, Inc. was created in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan, who was killed in Iraq on February 9, 2007, while serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of executing a myriad of complex, joint special operations missions in support of U.S. policy and objectives. Today's Ranger Regiment is the Army's premier raid force. Each of the four geographically dispersed Ranger battalions are always combat ready., mentally and physically tough and prepared to fight the War on Terrorism. Their capabilities include air assault and direct action raids seizing key terrain such as airfields, destroying strategic facilities, and capturing or killing enemies of the Nation. Rangers are capable of conducting squad through regimental size operations using a variety of infiltration techniques including airborne, air assault and groud platforms.
The majority of U.S. Army Rangers are from small town America, many from backgrounds of modest means. Most active duty Rangers are the sole providers within the family unit, and most do not carry or qualify for adequate life insurance. The average income of an Army Ranger is below $30,000 per year. Rangers generally do not have sufficient savings to provide for their families if they are disabled. While the U.S. Army recognizes the Rangers as an elite group of soldiers and provides as much support as possible in times of tragedy, the need often exceeds available resources. The military and Veterans' Affairs provide spouses with limited ongoing payments if Ranger's injuries are sustained in combat. Families of the fallen or disabled are left behind with an immediate and ongoing need to meet the financial obligations of everyday life. The Lead The Way Fund was established to help ease these financial burdens and to help these families adjust to the realities of their new life.
The Regiment remains an all-volunteer force with an intensive screening and selection process followed by combat-focused training. Rangers are resourced to maintain exceptional proficiency, experience, and readiness. The 75th Ranger Regiment is a proud unit and a team of teams serving the Nation - Rangers Lead The Way!
Lead The Way Fund, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. Lead The Way Fund, Inc. will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other services determined to be vital to the family’s well-being, beyond what the government can offer. The assistance offered by Lead The Way is inspired by the courage and character of Sgt. James J. Regan who was killed in Iraq while serving with honor with Charlie company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.