GallantFew’s Spartan Pledge™
In 2010, retired U.S. Army paratrooper Boone Cutler decided it was time to do something about the tragic statistic of 22 veterans per day committing suicide. After connecting with GallantFew, Boone, and Karl, GallantFew’s Executive Director, developed and promoted the Spartan Pledge – a promise to talk to one’s Battle Buddy before making the permanent decision to end one’s own life.
“Every warfighter who joined in this current era is there because of what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11. So we’ve come full circle now by creating a sword out of that tragic event that inspires people to live. That’s humbling. That’s something that touches your heart. When people touch that sword, it’s like connecting with all the souls that were lost.”
The Spartan Pledge found support in U.S. Navy veteran and New York City firefighter Danny Prince, who told Cutler he wanted to honor the victims of 9/11 — those who died in the attacks, as well as the fallen military in the Global War on Terrorism. Prince collected some steel from the World Trade Center wreckage and had it forged into a commemorative sword – The Spartan Sword. The Sword travels across the country, visiting veterans at VA facilities and veteran events.
“I’m just the author. I’m not doing anything with the Spartan Pledge because it belongs to the community. The question is: What are you going to do with it?”
GallantFew is proud to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Reno, Nevada Veteran Affairs Administration to use the GallantFew Spartan Pledge. The Spartan Pledge is a verbal promise to reach out to a Battle Buddy before taking one’s own life by one’s own hand. For Patriot Challenge 2021, nearly 2,500 individuals took the Spartan Pledge.
- Learn more about the Spartan Pledge and its origins, read on here
- Join the Spartan Pledge community on Facebook
- Follow the Spartan Sword as it travels
- Follow the Spartan Sword on Instagram
- Call your friends and take the pledge
- Share the pledge with your veteran community
- To take the Spartan Pledge at your event or have the Spartan Sword present at an event, contact us.
Own your journey. Take the GallantFew Azimuth Check™. Veterans, service members, and civilians – all are encouraged to check in with themselves.