deserves a life filled with purpose and hope – and who better to help a
transitioning Ranger veteran than another Ranger who has already transitioned?
“Guides” – Rangers from the same unit, same military specialty, who
have previously successfully transitioned and live in the same local area as
the transitioning Ranger. This helps overcome isolation and leads to a smoother
and more successful transition.
The characteristics that make them elite soldiers can prevent them from
reaching out for assistance which in turn can lead to isolation and worse. The
Veterans Administration tells us that 22 veterans take their own lives every
day, and that veteran unemployment and homelessness remain unacceptably
Project, decorated Ranger veteran, Grant McGarry, has been named as Project
Director. McGarry served as rifleman to team leader in the 1st Ranger Battalion
and transitioned from active duty to jobs with Triple Canopy and the Coca Cola
Company, as well as starting a small business, Live the Ranger Creed. While
working for Coca-Cola, Grant helped start the Coca-Cola Military Veterans
Business Resource Group and was appointed the Atlanta Chapter President. Grant
has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and
plans to start his master’s degree in the fall.
is a well-respected Ranger veteran who understands the unique transition
challenges this community faces. His energy and focus will result in a stronger
bond between the active-duty Rangers and the Ranger veteran community, which
will lead more Rangers to successful civilian lives filled with purpose and
transition) and Ranger veterans interested in becoming Guides should
visit www.darbyproject.org for more
information. There, they will provide contact information and proof of service. Following a brief interview, they will be
identified as a Guide or a Future Guide (all transitioning Rangers will one day
help another) and a transition plan of support will be established.