We wanted to be able to share with you the results of our friends and supporters who have taken action within the community to make a difference, to give back and to bring awareness to the mission of GallantFew, Inc. They truly are the gallant few who have accepted that their mission is to find a mission to help their war fighter family. Thank you.
Do you ever wonder how you can personally give back, raise money or advocate for GallantFew or another charity. Veteran Chris Siedentop found his personal calling. He decided to advocate through swim while fundraising at the same time. You can connect with his fundraiser and make a donation to support Chris.
Chris Siedentop plans to organize a day to swim at a Scottsdale, Arizona, pool in August. His swim will be approximately nine miles. He plans to swim straight through those nine miles with only a couple of restroom breaks. Learn more here.
Nate Smith and Ron O'Ferrall
Nate Smith (McGabin Media) is an advisory board member and Ron O’Ferrell a chapter president for GallantFew’s Darby Project. In the Spring of 2016 they took the initiative to develop an event and fundraiser for Darby Project, a historical shoot out. The event will be hosted at Bull Hill Training Ranch in August of 2016. Together they planned details, generated sponsors and developed synergistic fundraisers like the Rainier Arms’ Darby Project precision rifle.
Noah Cass was a machine gunner in the Marine Corps from 2002-2005.
On an over-watch mission during Operation Spear in 2005, his team was subjected to enemy fire from mortars and rockets, leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.
When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventually hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods.
Noah, now a father and husband, enters the 50-mile wilderness race with only completing one 26-mile marathon prior. This race represents the journey a young Veteran has to face to help cope with a past that haunts him every day. He does screenings of his film and generously talks about the importance of GallantFew services while also helping to raise funds.
Chief Warrant Officer Three Ronel Leffew, Jr. retired in May and immediately stepped out on a 1000 mile bike ride to bring awareness to Veteran transition issues. During his ride Leffew video taped several messages pertaining to Gallant Few’s five point star approach to Veteran wellness (Physical, Social, Professional, Spiritual and Emotional). Leffew developed a public Facebook page dedicated to his journey where you can find his videos and inspirational messages. In addition to his awareness ride he also raised funds for GallantFew.
In September of 2015 Logan spearheaded a fundraiser for GallantFew in his hometown of Reedley, CA. Logan planned for months to coordinate a successful fundraiser. He wanted to support GallantFew and bring awareness to Veteran suicide. Logan asked for permission and then set out to accomplish his mission. He titled his fundraiser, “War At Home.” Through a dinner plate donated by El Rincon Mexican Restaurant, music and festivities he was able to raise $1,500 for GallantFew. Logan was also able to gain awareness through newspaper stories and interviews for TV. Thank you Logan, for finding a way to support you community and for thinking about GallantFew.