Trophy Club, Texas – Brandon Lecocq, active duty US Army Staff Sergeant, Army Ranger (2007 – 2011) commits to ride his bicycle across South Korea and raise funds for charitable organization GallantFew. The ride begins on Friday, November 6, 2015 and will continue through Sunday, November 8th.
Lecocq states, “My ride across South Korea, from Seoul to Busan South Korea (633 Km) is to raise awareness for suicide prevention among Veterans and to build cohesion between Veterans facilitating transition assistance.”
Lecocq’s ride begins as GallantFew soft launches its annual awareness and fundraising campaign, Run Ranger Run, where groups of up to ten people from all over the world commit to being active for 565 miles in the month of February.
GallantFew Development Director Candyss Bryant says, “Brandon is showing great initiative, leadership and care, as an active duty Non Commissioned Officer, of his fellow soldiers and Veteran brothers. We are proud to soft launch our annual awareness campaign showcasing Brandon’s ride across South Korea.”
There are 22 veterans and 1 active duty suicides reported each day. Many due to untreated PTSD or other psycho social stressors experienced by our veterans such as homelessness, unemployment or other financial issues, family problems, addiction etc. By providing peer support and access to psychological health services GallantFew is doing its part to assist our veterans/address the unmet needs/ lower this tragic statistic.
Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew says, “For real, lasting change in the challenges facing veterans, local communities have to take responsibility for reintegrating veterans to the community. Volunteers like Brandon are critical to educating and motivating people in their communities. We’ll never stop 22 Veteran suicides a day, but we CAN stop the next one – and the next.”
To support Brandon on his ride you can go to, https://www.crowdrise.com/gallentfew.
GallantFew is a non-profit charitable organization committed to the prevention of veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
Run Ranger Run is an annual event where teams 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). Teams may be formed from anywhere in the world and your miles can be logged from the comfort of your own home. As a collective, all participants will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for veteran issues surrounding the transition from active military service to civilian life.To learn more visit www.gallantfew.org or www.runrangerrun.com