At the beginning of a crazy fitness journey I found GallentFew through RunRangerRun. I didn't want to donate or support the hype of another veterans organization so I did some research. GallantFew does so much for veterans which is why I've supported them so much over the past year. Great group of leaders supporting the few that honestly need it! Thank you!
Candyss B. 10/28/2017
You have been such an amazing advocate. Thank you!!!
More than 2 years ago I had the privilege of meeting Karl Monger, a Retired Army
Ranger at a meeting set up by a local Green Beret by the name of Dennis Sheridan.
The purpose was to help Karl Expand his GallantFew outreach, by creating a new
Local Organization, here in Trophy Club, that would serve all veterans from the
surrounding area and provide a place where Veterans could get together and interact
with other Veterans to help insure no veteran ever felt alone or unappreciated. This is
especially important to the Warriors who return from the combat zone and attempt to
transition back to civilian life. These warriors have returned from a place where they
had a comrade who covered their “6” as they did for their comrade, and were secure
being part of a Team who all faced a common goal. Karl was already very busy
traveling around the country doing his very best to educate and train others to feel
what he felt and to develop the Passion that he exudes for supporting and saving our
Warriors who are not ready to face life back at home, which is Why he wanted to
create a New Local Organization in his home town. As a result of that first meeting, the
Metroport Veterans Association or MVA, was created, growing from the original 3
members to over 100 today.
The MVA meets each month in a local restaurant to enjoy camaraderie and a great
breakfast, while listening to Guest Speakers who bring forth a broad spectrum of topics
focused on the needs and interests of veterans. Through the MVA and GallantFew a
number of veterans have found a listening ear, helping hand, and the warm hearts of
other veterans who truly understand what they are going through and are there to do
whatever it takes to help them in their time of need.
Not only is Karl Monger a Patriot, Warrior Servant, and Friend, but he also produces
heart wrenching videos and short films that bring the torment of returning Warriors to
the screen helping others to more deeply appreciate and understand the doubts, pain,
fears and self-imposed guilt that drive far too many to take their own lives.
Not stopping there, Karl has just published “Common Sense Transition”, which is a
road map for the warrior soldier who will make the transition back to life away from the
battlefield, and the communities these warriors are returning to. Karl has performed
with Honor as a Ranger, and continues to Serve with Honor as the Executive Director
of GallantFew and Founder of the Metroport Veterans Association.
My life is fuller and richer having known and worked with Karl Monger over these past
2+ years and fully support him and GallantFew as a GREAT NON-PROFIT worthy of
any and all Accolades, Rewards and Honors associated therewith.
Candyss B. 10/27/2017
Jim - Jimmy - Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for sharing your story. We all think Karl is pretty awesome too. From the GallantFew team
Gallant Few is the result of a classic intersection of preparation + opportunity = success. Karl's story, as told in his book, "Common Sense Transition: A Call to Action and A Blueprint for Change" is a personal story of this formula, but Karl is a man of vision and so has taken his personal experience and applied it to a unique service organization in Gallant Few. His organizations actions, which are lead by his personal example, have helped countless veterans in ways that have changed lives for the better. In my opinion, there is no more important veterans support organization in existence today. Gallant Few is active, transparent, accountable and effective. I encourage anyone that wants to help honor veterans service to their country, and do it in a way that makes a truly positive impact, join Gallant Few by volunteering time, talent and money.
Candyss B. 10/27/2017
Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and for sharing your story. From the GallantFew team
I have had the honor of rallying Motorcyclist to ride for Gallantfew. In 2012 we raised 1500.00 for Gallantfew. In 2013 we, with the help of Gallantfew, we were able to help a service disabled combat veteran start his own photography business. Gallantfew and Operation Roll Out donated $3000.00 to help this veteran with his dream. Major Karl Monger (U.S. Army Ranger Retired) is truly passionate about our veterans. I am honored to call him my friend and will continue my support for his work for Gallantfew.
GallantFew is an amazing organization that helps vets by tackling the tough issues and truly caring for our vets. My step-brother, CPL Matthew Commons, was killed in action and I believe so much in this organization that I fundraise for them through my running in honor of my step-brother. I know that my step-brother would be proud that another Ranger is receiving help because the money donated in his name. While there are many charities that help our vets, I believe that GallantFew makes the biggest difference in the lives of those they serve.
GALLANTFEW is an outstanding non-profit that has measurably helped the lives of our veterans that want to find a job. GALLNAT FEW has put in contact a number of veterans that were realyed to me and then passed on to interested employers in the DC area.
They have taken a simple idea, that has become complex and made it work. The network overall has been uplifting not only for myself, but others that I see. Mentoring younger Rangers and others in the SOF community, Karl has helped them get jobs, start a business, connect old friends, helped some navigate the very confusing VA system and kept the proud tradition of taking care of those who have borne the brunt of war.