GALLANTFEW INC

America's Veteran Team

aka GallantFew, Darby Project   |   Roanoke, TX   |  www.gallantfew.org

Mission

GallantFew provides one-on-one engagement assistance and veteran support to any service member or veteran seeking guidance along their transition from the military and re-integration into American society.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Karl Monger

Main address

PO Box 1157

Roanoke, TX 76262 USA

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EIN

27-1779772

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The transition from military to civilian life is incredibly stressful and uncertain. Often, the programs, as a part of active transition, are no more than a day of classroom sessions and a printout of links to online resources leaving our service members looking for answers after they return home. According to a recent Syracuse University research study, (Zoli Corri. Mauri Rosalinda, Fay Daniel. Missing-Perspectives: Service Members' Transition from Service to Civilian Life. Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families.) the top concerns in service member transition are: Navigating VA programs, benefits, and services (60%), Finding a job (55%), Adjusting to civilian culture (41%), Addressing financial challenges (40%) and Applying military-learned skills to civilian life (39%).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

GallantFew Rangers

To facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!

Population(s) Served

To provide physical and social fitness opportunities for veterans and active duty service members.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Metroport Chamber Member 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of services provided and reported in one of GallantFew's five functional fitness areas: Social, Professional, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GallantFew's approach to Veteran health is a common-sense approach, and is a component of every service provided to a transitioning Veteran, whether that Veteran's transition starts tomorrow or has been on-going for more than thirty years. Our goal is to help the Veteran establish and maintain a life-long azimuth that leads to them achieving their objectives. It is the nature of many Veterans to "deal with their own problems" and asking for help is the last thing they want to do. The more elite the Veteran - paratrooper, special operations, etc, the greater this trait. Ironically, these Veterans forget that when they were serving on active duty they always had a "Battle Buddy" to watch their back and help them out.

GallantFew's peer-to-peer mentoring match, associated services addresses each of the critical areas identified in the Missing Perspectives report. First by connecting service members to each other to help navigate the maze of transition, second providing a strategic and intentional forum to encourage independent thought and networking, and finally by helping Veterans identify his/her current functional emotional fitness while providing a solution. As stated on WIRED, (Elsirafy, Kareem. “Platform Needed to Bridge Gap Between Transitioning Veter-ans." www.wired.com), there is a tremendous amount of information available to Veterans searching the digital world, which should allow them to find the resources they need. However, it is the copious amount of data that makes the transition process overwhelming and relentless.

GallantFew has affirmed many of these stated beliefs and documented Veteran challenges through our work with Veterans (performing more than 1200 services in 2016 alone). Veteran community needs are well documented. The documentation coupled with our experiences has led GallantFew to focusing on functional fitness. Functional means usable in daily life. Fitness means it can be measured and with intentional planning and focus can be improved. There is a 10:1 ratio of Veterans over the age of 35 to those under 35. Many of these are successfully transi-tioned, have great jobs and are well established in their communities. Each of them has after action lessons hard learned from their own transition, and they are eager to guide a younger version of themselves. Connect-ing a young Veteran with one of these Guides provides an encouraging, mentoring relationship that is based on mutual respect and trust.

GallantFew takes the lessons learned, the documentation and current programming to develop a concentrated and focused strategy on the Veteran: GallantFew's Veterans on Azimuth.

Train Burris Emotional Functional FitnessTM Coaches

There is much talk and focus on “Functional Fitness" and the military has devoted massive resources to this ini-tiative, but the focus on emotional wellness relies on coping mechanisms rather than providing a functional ap-proach to changing the behavior(s) that causes the issue(s). Worse, existing methodologies do not measure where the client is emotionally, right now, to establish a baseline against which to measure progress. Burris Functional Emotional FitnessTM (https://www.burrisinstitute.com/emotional-measurement) does just this.

GallantFew Executive Director and Master Burris Coach (MBC), Karl Monger leads Veterans through Burris Functional Emotional FitnessTM coach certification.

The certification process takes place over three days, three hours each day and includes training on the Burris Functional Emotional Fitness TM process, training in how to present both in person and via teleconfer-ence/online, and use of Burris resources to document and market the coaching. The new coaches are required to take three others through the program within sixty days after completing training to achieve his/her certifi-cation.

The newly minted Burris Emotional fitness coaches may then be a part of leading other Veterans through the program.
Senior Peer to Peer Mentoring.

GallantFew does this by creating and 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. We see this as a complement to the Texas peer network in which our executive director is a member.

GallantFew's ultimate objective is to connect every Veteran leaving active duty with a Veteran “Guide" in the new hometown, a Veteran who is previously transitioned and connected locally so the new Veteran can transi-tion to a civilian life of purpose and hope. GallantFew seeks to match Veterans by same branch of service, even same unit assignments if possible. Connecting a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Airborne with a post-9/11 Af-ghanistan 101st Veteran is an immediate, powerful and supportive relationship.

GallantFew is a capable team and productive partnerships. Our executive director is the lead case manager for GallantFew. He supervises all Veteran sign ups, evaluates and assigns resources as required. Monger is a retired US Army major, Certified Burris Coach (CBC) and Master Burris Coach (MBC) who facilitates most of the functional emotional fitness coaching and he is the controller and decision maker regarding Veteran grant funds, overseen by the Board of Directors. GallantFew has a a tremendous amount of volunteers and constituents dedicated it mission. We have a communications plan in place and marketing strategies to aid our effort to effectively communicate what we are doing and inspire action.

With a small staff and a budget under $750k we manage a registered network of over 7000 veterans, between 500-1000 veterans annually receive special care and services ranging from very simple to very complex, from providing a ready-made template to assist their transition to providing in-patient substance abuse and/or PTS therapy. Many more benefit through our information flow and reach through social media.
Keys to our success:
• The GallantFew STAR: Self-Training and Response-Ability with the five points of the STAR:
o Functional Emotional Fitness
o Functional Physical Fitness
o Functional Professional Fitness
o Functional Social Fitness
o Functional Spiritual Fitness
• One-on-one attention, we don't shy away from difficult or unpleasant cases
• Innovation. TedX style transition/life skills seminars, wilderness retreats, climbing programs, veteran softball
teams and incorporation of Burris Functional Emotional FitnessTM coaching
• Run Ranger Run. An innovative, inexpensive awareness and fundraising monthly long event in February.
Without the funds raised through RRR GallantFew would not exist in present form.

Where we can improve:
Because we are limited in band-width and budget, we wear many hats. Some veterans needing assistance may fall through the cracks if we miss an email or don't get a call returned. Many services provided never get recorded in our database (Salesforce). Follow-up to see how the client veteran is doing and if they need more assistance (or capture the success) may not happen. We must make sure to find innovative solutions to our work flow needs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, make improvements & track data,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, internally, board, & grant proposals,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GALLANTFEW INC

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frank Campanaro

Karl Monger

DriPowder LLC

Gerry Dinkel

Renaissance Strategic Advisors

Chris Hardy

CSM (Ret)

Frank Campanaro

TrillaMed, LLC

Michael Hall

CSM (Ret)

Tim Abell

Actor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/05/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.