Run Ranger Run
Run Ranger Run (“runrangerrun.com”) is a month-long run to raise funds for Gallant Few (“gallantfew.com”), an organization whose mission is to eliminate US Army Ranger veteran unemployment, homelessness, and suicide through a unique mentoring program that matches a Ranger veteran who has successfully transitioned to civilian life with a Ranger veteran who has just departed active duty. Gallant Few's dream is to one day be able to assist every honorably discharged veteran from every branch of the service. 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.
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. Most troubling is the fact that 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 by supporting Gallant Few and Run Ranger Run!
How it Started
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, after deploying to combat twice, witnessing friends being killed and wounded, and with his own marriage failing, decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers face when they leave the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days from Fort Benning, Georgia (Home of the Rangers) to his home in Indianapolis, Indiana. His primary motivation during his run home was the opportunity to hold his daughter Elleigh in his arms when he completed his run.
As a Result
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – Gallant Few is sponsoring 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 veteran issues.
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