Please take a look at this great cause and help us raise money for military and veterans coming back from war to transition back to civilian life. Please donate $10 or more which will help the GallantFew's mission. You can donate in Memory of someone you know that was or currently in the military, knowing first hand the challenges they faced as combat Vets.
I am running and biking to raise money in Honor and Memory of all the Veterans that are currently struggling and those who have lost their lives to the struggles from the effects of war (PTSD, Depression/Anxiety, and Alcoholism). I am also personally running and biking in Honor and Memory of my Dad, Juan Ruben Salazar, a Marine Vietnam Veteran, who battled with all the struggles as well. Please read below for the mission and concept. Thank you and God Bless!~
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Run Ranger Run
Our team of ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days). They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.
Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment, homelessness and suicide. The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from May 2012 show Global War on Terror veterans are 40% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served. The VA reports eighteen veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day this year – a rate unheard of before now. We can make a difference!
GallantFew’s mission is to prevent Veteran isolation by connecting new Veterans with hometown Veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
We are living in a time where hundreds of thousands of service members are transitioning to civilian life. Many are transitioning with un-realistic expectations of what life may be like in the world of civilians. As a result, Veterans and/or active service members are taking their own lives at an alarming rate of 22 per day.
It is our responsibility to understand this circumstance, to provide realistic expectations, to bridge the gap between service to civilian and to enable the next mission for our service members to accomplish in the civilian world. When we establish the next mission we establish the next purpose for our service members to achieve, honor and defend.
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 – we are offering an annual Run Ranger Run event.
Run Ranger Run: A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days). They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.
- A team captain recruits and forms his or her team.
- Team goal is to walk, run or ride a bike (or any combination) a total of 565 miles during February.
- Teams can be two 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
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