EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2015
Coming home from war, a six-month deployment on a ship, or simply transitioning from a life in uniform to a life without one, can be extremely difficult. The various state and federal systems set up to deal with this transition and life after military services are unable to meet the needs of veterans.
I have been in the military for almost 9 years now with three deployments both to Iraq and Afghanistan while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment. I have met an abundance of veterans who have left the military for various reasons but have struggled with their transition. As frustrating as it is, too many have taken their lives over it and this is unacceptable! It is oftentimes too late when we ask ourselves “what could we have done?”
In the military, we are taught immediately to take care of our own and to never leave a fallen comrade. We are given a sense of purpose and a responsibility. Unfortunately, life in the civilian world rarely offers such direction and support. Often times veterans leave the military and find themselves lost and without a purpose not knowing who to reach out to or where to go for help.
Gallentfew helps provide a purpose and does this by supporting a nationwide network of successfully transitioned veterans that engage locally with new veterans with the same military background now going through transition and by motivating communities all over the nation to take responsibility for veterans returning; welcoming, connecting, and including. Gallentfew believes this will prevent veteran unemployment, homelessness and suicide.
Gallantfew is one of many charities out there that support veterans in a positive way. Your options to support are not limited. I do believe in what Gallantfew is doing and there should be more veteran's assistance and support programs like them. You can donate as little as 10$, every little bit helps.
To be very clear, I am not doing this for money, I am not doing this for recognition, and I am not doing this to gain popularity of any kind.
I am doing this for three reasons.
- Raise awareness that suicide amongst veterans is a serious problem.
- Shed light on charities like GallantFew and others who exist to assist veterans.
- I really enjoy a good challenge.
Recognizing that I volunteered as a ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my ranger regiment.
Acknowledging the fact that a ranger is a more elite soldier, who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a ranger, my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight, and I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!