Archive for December 1st, 2012
GallantFew is actually more than charity, it’s volunteer Ranger vets helping other Ranger vets to transition to civilian life successfully after their military service has ended.
GallantFew, Inc’s (501(c)3 Non-Profit) mission is to reduce US Army Ranger veteran unemployment, homelessness and eliminate Ranger veteran suicide by a unique program of one-on-one mentoring by a Ranger veteran, now successful in civilian business, with a Ranger veteran just departed active duty. This effort is called the Darby Project (in honor of WWII’s Darby’s Rangers). Our dream is to one day be able to assist every honorably discharged veteran from every branch of the service.
Our founder, a veteran, has experienced unemployment. He has fought translating his military skills (Airborne Ranger, infantry company commander and Ranger battalion staff officer) into language appealing to civilian employers. He has experienced the incredible delays in the VA medical system – and he believes we can do better.
How to transfer skills acquired during active service to a civilian resume? It’s an essential military skill to be able to drop a 203 round over a wall to get a bad guy, or call in an airstrike without hitting any friendlies, but how does that help in a job search afterward?
GallantFew, Inc., meets these veterans during the process of departing from the military. GallantFew, Inc. coaches them through the transition process, assess their skills, desires and abilities, offer training as necessary, network them professionally and socially back into the community, and will be a source of physical, social, professional and emotional support. Initially we will accomplish this all through volunteers. Ultimately, this program will be funded, staffed, and scaled up to include every veteran of every branch of the military.
Actor Michael Broderick, himself a former Marine, heard about the organization and wanted to help. He’d purchased a studio poster from the epic Band of Brothers miniseries that had signatures from a few of the real-life men of the 101st Airborne Div. depicted in the series, and wanted to donate it to an auction benefiting GallantFew.
Then it got…complicated.
You can follow his progress on Facebook as he completes the project.
h/t Bill Whittle