Monday, May 9, 2011

The National Wounded Veteran "To Do List"

Last week I interviewed Dave Mahler, Executive Director of USA Together.  USA Together is known as the 'Craig's List' for Wounded Warriors.  If a wounded warrior has a need, he or she can apply to USA Together to have the need listed on their website.  If a citizen wants the opportunity to help a specific veteran, they can go to the website and pick someone to assist.

A few years ago some Silicon Valley folks, who work near a VA hospital decided to use the power of the internet to help the men and women of the US military who have suffered life-altering injuries in service to our country.  Thus was born  What makes this very special is the people who set up and run USA Together are by and large civilians, and during the interview when I gave Dave Mahler the opportunity to plug his day job, he declined and brought the focus back to helping these veterans.

USA Together now has teams operating on both the east and west coasts, and when they receive a request they verify the veteran, confirm the need and post the request.  That need is then broadcast by email to anyone who has subscribed through the USA Together website.  That individual can then decide if they are able to provide the requested assistance.  This is a wonderful program and kudo's to the team that has put this together.  Please help me spread the word.

The full interview is available to listen to here.

GallantFew continues to grow in our mission of assisting Ranger veterans transition from active duty to the civilian world.  We match these newest veterans with Ranger veterans who are now successful in their post-military civilian careers.  These mentoring relationships provide social and professional networking and development, emotional support and physical assistance.  We have a goal of raising $111,111 by 11/11/11 Veterans Day - help us by making a tax-deductible contribution so we can expand our mission of ensuring no Ranger veteran is unemployed, homeless or commits suicide.  We look forward to the day that we can expand this program to serve every honorably discharged veteran of every branch of the US military.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go to the family of GP Broad.  GP passed away last week.  He was a great supporter of the military and of GallantFew.  We are saddened at his loss.

RLTW  Karl

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