Army Ranger For Life: Tell Your Stories
Darby Project Update
As an Army Ranger for life it is important we tell our stories. This past quarter GallantFew’s The Darby Project has been hard at work developing methods and means to encourage connectivity and story telling. They are not slowing down anytime soon.
The Darby Project facilitated the first annual Black & Tan at the Special Operations Industry Conference (SOFIC) event in May, just one of three events that will occur throughout the year, aimed at connecting Army Rangers within the defense industry allowing for better business through brotherhood. This event has a long history, and The Darby Project is honored to continue its legacy. In July, representatives participated in the Annual Ranger Muster, hosted by United States Army Ranger Association. Also conducted in July was The Darby Project’s second annual Ranger Veteran Leader Awards, given to individuals who set the standard in support of the Ranger community.
The Darby Project is proud of the successful collaboration and support of the United States Army Ranger Association. Through this partnership, the two organizations share the burden of responsibility which will help The Darby Project focus on organizational strengths, which in turn provides better service to the community. United States Army Ranger Association and The Darby Project have developed a strong partner bond and are working on creating a joint effort in support of the Ranger community. The support falls in two categories, proactive and reactive. While The Darby Project’s focus is primarily on active-duty Rangers, we cannot forget the needs of the Ranger alumni community. United States Army Ranger Association is that answer. They are a well connected and educated community of Rangers, ready and willing to support another Ranger veteran in time of need. Together, along with many other organizations, we will make a lasting impact.
The Darby Project’s mission is to facilitate a successful transition from active duty to civilian life through connection, education, and empowerment. Over the last couple of years, we have come to realize that planning for the future, your inevitable “transition” should start at the beginning. We believe that educating young Rangers on smart financial habits, education opportunities, and realistic life expectations (in and out of the military) can help them make a better-informed decisions about leaving service prior to retirement. The goal, make Rangers better, in and out of the military.
In an effort to give Rangers a platform to share their stories in a format that comes natural, The Darby Project started the Ranger For Life Podcast. The Darby Project’s focus is on providing an outlet for Rangers to tell their story, good or bad. The podcast guests have expressed how happy they are for the opportunity to share their story, in hopes that it will help someone else. Since creating the podcast, The Darby Project has received great feedback on the guests interviewed. “I have wanted to share my story for a while, but just didn’t know how to. Ranger For Life podcast made that possible,” shared Ranger William Cole.
Summer quarter 2018 has been a busy few months, but some of Darby Project’s most productive to date, with some amazing things in the works for the future.
Darby Project (www.darbyproject.org) is a proud member of the GallantFew family of organizations. (www.gallantfew.org). Their primary mission is to facilitate a successful transition from active duty to civilian life filled with hope and purpose. Darby Project does this by connecting, educating and empowering Ranger veterans to lead the way in their communities.
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. STAR Fitness System stands for self-training and responsibility, except GallantFew changes responsibility to response-ability. The five points of the GallantFew STAR are: Emotional Fitness, Physical Fitness, Social Fitness, Professional Fitness and Spiritual Fitness (https://gallantfew.org/gallantfew-services/)