Revolutionary Veteran Support Network
To facilitate a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
PO Box 1157
Roanoke, TX 76262 USA
suicide prevention, employment, homeless, veteran, functional fitness, health
Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)
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%).
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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Veteran One-on-One Mentoring
OUr ultimate goal is to connect a veteran leaving active duty with a veteran as similar as possible in terms of branch of service, MOS, combat deployments, even units if possible. It is important that this relationship be local - i.e. same town. Finally we seek to include civilian professional goals - i.e. new veteran wants to be a CPA, mentor veteran is a CPA.
"THE RAIDER PROJECT CONNECTS MARSOC/USMC COMBAT VETERANS WITH OTHER VETERANS TO HELP THEM TRANSITION SMOOTHLY, PEACEFULLY, SUCCESSFULLY INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR."
To facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!
GallantFew Functional Fitness (GFIT)
GFIT is a component of the GallantFew STAR (Self Training And Response-ability). The points of the STAR are areas of Functional Fitness: Emotional, Spiritual, Physical, Professional and Social.
Law Enforcement Education
Provide consultation and training for law enforcement to increase effective communication and understanding with Veterans. “I know that what you are doing is saving lives and dignity for officers, negotiators, and Warfighters.”
DFW Fit Vet Program
Through a generous grant from the Metroport Rotary Club (Roanoke, Westlake, Trophy Club Texas) and a partnership with Summit Climbing Gym – Grapevine, GallantFew is able to offer indoor rock climbing to veterans at no cost.
Where we workNew!
How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.
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Number of services provided and reported in one of GallantFew's five functional fitness areas: Social, Professional, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual
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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.
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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
How will they know if they are making progress?
What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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.
GallantFew has strategies and objectives in place to measure our progress and work with Veterans. We want to ensure every Veteran signup will receive a 'STAR Survey' initially upon signing up with GallantFew (asa benchmark) and then at three, six and twelve months to see if there has been improvement to his/her sense of purpose and if his/her feelings of isolation improved. STAR stands for “Self-Training and Response-ability.
Each Veteran being coached in Burris Functional Emotional Fitness TM takes an emotional fitness checklist to establish a baseline on entering the program with periodic rechecks to measure progress (or lack thereof). This allows us to adjust the coaching to address any areas not showing improvement. We will also follow up with a survey six months after this/her session(s).
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.
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as of 6/3/2018
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Term: 2014 -
US Army Retired
Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Actor and Autism Advocate
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