Rangers Helping Rangers
For those Rangers and other veterans looking for help, there are several Ranger based organizations out there to reach out to. If you are a Ranger that has had a brother reach out to them for help and not known where to look, here is a quick reference to the organizations that I have heard of or interacted with. Most of these organizations focus on the transitioning Ranger (veteran), but that doesn’t mean just the soldier leaving the military. Most of us have left the military and managed to stay afloat either on our own or by other influences. Some of us get lost or pulled under because all we were doing was treading water, and some us stronger Rangers were able to tread water for a long time before we just got too tired to keep our heads above water.
I will preface this list of organizations with the primary organization that we all should be linked into, the brotherhood. I have called on and linked back up with Rangers I haven’t talked to since leaving the Regiment or after a long break in contact and it was like we had just talked the week prior. I have also met and assisted many Rangers on social media, local area link ups or chance contacts from friends and work. What I am saying is, ‘Be a good Ranger Buddy’. The following will be a list of organizations with descriptions pulled mostly from their websites.
Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, INC. is an active duty, casualty assistance, recovery, transition and veterans organization that provides financial support, beyond that which the Government And Veterans Affairs can offer, to U.S. Army Rangers and the families of those who have died, have been disabled or who are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. They also work directly with the U.S. Special Operations Care Coalition to assist U.S. Army Rangers. Programs include; Ranger Transition Program, Wounded Ranger Recovery Program, Ranger Chaplain Program, Ranger & Family Health & Wellness Program, and Gold Star Program. The organization is a way for the family and friends of Sgt. James J. Regan to give back to his brothers.
The Darby Project serves U.S. Army Ranger School qualified soldiers and soldiers serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Their mission to facilitate a successful transition from Active Duty to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose is accomplished through their Ranger Functional Fitness programs and events; connecting them to fellow Rangers, educating them about resources available to Rangers & their families from various businesses and organizations and ultimately empowering them to lead the way in their communities. The Rangers return on investment to the U.S. Army is leadership. Soldiers deserve the best-trained leaders our Army has to offer. Those leaders are Rangers. The Darby Project is the veteran-led extension of the Army’s investment. The Darby Project Sets the Example for Others to Follow by building Rangers for Life. Here is a link to businesses and organizations that support The Darby Project and the mission. The Darby Project is part of the GallantFew Family of Organizations. Ranger veteran, founder and Executive Director of GallantFew, Karl Monger realized as GallantFew grew that he needed a Ranger specific organization and founded The Darby Project.
The GallantFew with a mission to facilitate a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. They accomplish this through a “Revolutionary Veteran Support Network® of programs and organizations including; The Darby Project, The Raider Project, Wings Level, Vet Rec, Women with A Mission Project, Run Ranger Run, VETXPO, Descendants of Sparta, GallantFew Functional Fitness, Airborne Ranger in the Sky and Law Enforcement Education.
U.S. Army Ranger Association’s (USARA) main focus is preserving the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Rangers by strengthening the relationships among all Rangers past and present, foster camaraderie among those that have earned the title of U.S. Army Ranger and to provide an extended community for all U.S. Army Rangers and their families. USARA has a scholarship program for dependents of members or Fallen Rangers and a Ranger Assistance Program. USARA established its Ranger Assistance Program (RAP) in 2010 for the purpose of providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to active duty and veteran Rangers, as well as their immediate family. The RAP is intended to provide emergency assistance, financial and otherwise, in an effort to ensure that every Ranger is afforded the opportunity to take a knee, get a sip of water, return to the fight, and drive on to the Ranger objective. The RAP is wholly funded by donations from USARA members as well as individuals and corporations that support the Ranger community.
Three Rangers Foundation has a vision to provide veterans with the best experts, advice, and assistance in every aspect of their journey. This assistance encompasses financial, spiritual, physical, and mental well-being. Initially, their scope was too large, and they offered assistance to veterans from all branches and eras. In 2019, they revised their focus to specifically help Rangers and Gold Star Families from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, to include veterans of affiliated Special Operation Forces (SOF) units. These elite SOF elements are consistently called to be the tip of the spear, who “shoulder more than my share of the task” and subsequently are the most heavily burdened with the scars of combat. The needs of these elite warriors are unique, and assisting their transition back to civilian life is one of the primary focuses of the foundation. Their programs include a veteran development program, support for the 75th Ranger Regiment, Homeless Veteran Initiative, Veteran in Need, Gold Star Initiative, Spiritual Fitness and Wellness, Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans and a mentorship program.
Sua Sponte Foundation was created to provide assistance to the men and families of the 1st Ranger Battalion. With the support of donations from individuals and businesses, the Sua Sponte Foundation provides; maintenance and care of the 1/75 Memorial site to the highest standard, helping the men and families of 1/75 in times of crisis, hosting and sponsoring events that serve to increase the morale and cohesiveness of both the men and families of 1/75.
The Pointe Du Hoc Foundation An inspiring community of volunteers and sponsors committed to 2nd Battalion Rangers and families. The Foundation was established to recognize and commemorate the special operations warriors of 2nd Ranger Battalion. The all-volunteer organization was formed in 2011, and partners with government and community leaders, local and national businesses, and friends of the battalion, providing support to Rangers and family members who served honorably in 2/75. The foundation provides support through their programs for the Ranger Scholarship Fund, a Life Skills Series for the Rangers, Unit Moral Activities both pre and post deployment for Ranger Families and sustaining the 2/75 Memorial.
There are several other Ranger owned or formed groups and businesses that support the veteran community. ReGroup4vets, Veterans Xtreme Adventures, Ranger Road, Scroll Factory, American Trigger Pullers are among them. There are also social media groups that link up for social events and comradery, based on regional locations. These are a good way to build a support network for both mental well-being and business opportunities. Get out there and support your Ranger Buddy or those that do. And most importantly, if you need help, reach out. There is no reason to attack these problems alone.
“I will never leave a fallen comrade…”
Please comment below if you know of other Ranger owned organizations or businesses that support the community and don't forget to post a link. RLTW!