Monday, January 23, 2012

In The Early Morning Rain

In The Early Morning Rain

At the end of each day, there is a day well run.
Sometimes you meet rain and sometimes sun.
You continue each day in the fog or the snow
And continue your course so we all will know.

"Rangers Lead the Way", you continue to say.
Your message is echoed till the end of the day.
We support you, you see; your cause is the best.
We are supporting the troops; all passed the test.

Now our mission must be to not let them down,
So let us echo the message through village and town. 
We welcome them back to City and State.
Let's assess their needs; we will not hesitate.

They gave our country the freedom we see.
Let's give them back their earned dignity.
We support you for leading us in your great race.
Twenty miles a day - you have set a great pace.

We must remember to not give up the goal
To work hard and focus; don't leave out a soul.
So now it's our turn to rally our great troops.
We will now study hard and jump through the hoops.

WWW.GALLANTFEW.ORG is the place to see
Just how we fit in and just where to be.
One by one, we will sign up for the need.
We know, in the end, we will all succeed.

Written by PGK Sir Joseph Anthony Neuhoff, Knights of Columbus Council #14521, Signal Mountain TN. For Cory and His Mother Ruth. The Knights will keep him in their prayers for a safe arrival and reunion with his baby girl. Gods Speed. We will stay in touch for more support later.

For more information, visit the Run Ranger Run website or Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Find a Veteran Grave - Guest Post

With over 6 million veterans and family members of veterans buried across the United States, it can be a daunting task to locate one of their graves.  The department of Veterans Affairs keeps a massive database of burial sites of veterans and their beneficiaries, such as spouses and children.  But this database is jumbled, messy and confusing.  But a new online tool has cleaned up this data and made it searchable and easy to navigate.  Now, anyone can easily find a veteran grave for free on

Users can search for a veteran by name, cemetery, date of birth, military rank and military branch.  Once you have narrowed down your search, you can click on a veteran to see the detailed information regarding their burial.  A map will help you locate the cemetery and the cemetery’s phone number will be displayed.  If you are logged in to facebook, you can also leave a prayer or note to remember the veteran. 

A similar online tool also powered by is the Medal of Honor Recipients database.  Like the veteran grave locator, the Medal of Honor tool allows you to search for recipients based on war, rank and name.

This is a guest post written by Evan Thomas, a student at UC Santa Barbara.  If you have any questions or comments about the grave locator, feel free to contact Evan at evan_thomas (@)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

GallantFew Updates

Run Ranger Run Update:

Cory Smith's unparalleled saga continues.  He has completed ten days of running 20 miles a day, with only a couple days off to complete his outprocessing paperwork with the Army and to fly to Indianapolis for a job interview.  The awareness he is raising and the visibility has resulted in an avalanche of veterans coming to GallantFew either to request assistance in transitioning or to volunteer to help.  We've also had a number of civilians volunteer their talents.  This has resulted in a backlog - be patient, GallantFew will be in touch with each and every one of you.

Latest media:

Robin Meade's show Morning Express on CNN's HLN.  She did an extended interview of Cory that is set to air on President's Day - we'll keep you posted.

Yesterday Cory crossed into Tennessee where he was met and escorted by Patriot Guard Riders. 

Here is a great news article published this morning and it highlights his story of faith and his own personal transition challenges.  After attending church services this morning, he's off for another 20 miles.

Cory gives a thumbs up on his run yesterday. You can track his progress through live updates on Twitter and on the Run Ranger Run page on Facebook.

If you want to help support Cory's run, please make a tax-deductible donation here, and make sure you write Smitty in the comments field.

JOBS:  A few months ago I interviewed US Army Veteran Bob Freitas.  Bob's story of transitioning from active duty to the civilian world is very interesting, and the uniqueness of his transition is actually a common veteran story.  Bob currently manages several Oklahoma McDonald's stores, and he is eager to hire veterans.  If you want to learn more, please contact Bob by email or call him at 918-770-6956.

VETERANS OUTDOORS FOUNDATION:  Last week I interviewed US Army Veteran Corey Nixon.  Corey and some other veterans in Kansas have formed an outstanding new organization that provides opportunities for veterans to return to the outdoor activities that they loved before deploying overseas.  Many of today's veterans have lost the love for many things they once enjoyed.  Corey talks about the "finding peace in nature".  You may contact Corey by email or call him at 785-260-0863.

I hope you are all off to a very Happy New Year.  If any of you are attending Shot Show next week, stop by the Warrior Appreciation Night and look for Tim Abell, Mike Schlitz and me.

RLTW  Karl

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Run Ranger Run - CNN Friday Morning!

Have you seen Ranger Cory Smith's endeavor?

In order to draw attention to the difficult transition soldiers have from active duty to civilian life, Cory decided to show how hard it is by running home.  Thing is, Cory was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia and his home is in Indianapolis, Indiana - a mere 565 miles away.

Today Cory ran his EIGHTH TWENTY MILE day.  He had a day off early to complete his outprocessing from the Army, and tomorrow morning Cory will appear LIVE on CNN's Morning Express with Robin Meade in the 8am Eastern time hour.  (updated with the archived footage)

Follow Cory's progress with live updates on Facebook from his iPhone while he's out running.

With every step that Cory takes, awareness grows and more veterans learn about GallantFew and ask for assistance.  In the eight days that Cory's run so far more than two dozen veterans have contacted us, asking for transition assistance.  We need your help.

If you are a veteran, successfully transitioned to civilian life, volunteer to be a mentor - we seek to create mentoring relationships that are same home-town, same branch of the service, same Regiment, Battalion or Wing assignment wherever and whenever possible.

If you are not a veteran but want to volunteer, we are forming volunteer committees that help us with fund-raising, operations and marketing/awareness.

If you are about to leave active duty and want to plug in to our growing network, click here.

We need funding.  We need donations, and it doesn't matter how small - any amount is desperately needed.  In order to meet our ambitious goals we have to raise enough money to do the basics of mentoring - screening, matching, creating, supporting and measuring the success of relationships - and we are already past the point where our volunteers can do it in their spare time.  This is a full-time job, and a very important one.  Help us by making a tax-deductible donation here.  If you want it to support Cory's run, simply write "Smitty" in the comments.

Together we can make a dent in veteran unemployment, homelessness and suicide issues.  We can't solve all of them right now - but we can stop the NEXT suicide.  And the next... and the next...

Join the GallantFew - help us become the Gallant Many.

RLTW  Karl

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lakeshore Foundation 2012 US Paralympic Military Program Plus

Received this morning, please pass along.  Karl

Good afternoon and Happy New Year!

I would like to share with you the Lima Foxtrot’s 2012 schedule of events. The Lima Foxtrot program is Lakeshore Foundation’s initiative for severely injured military. Our programs serve those servicemen and women with injuries such as spinal cord injury (permanent paralysis), TBI, amputation, blind/visually impaired, burns, and permanent disfigurement.  Their injuries do not have to be combat-related, but it is preferred that they served post 9/11. Both active duty personnel and veterans are eligible for Lima Foxtrot programs. You are receiving this information because you either serve our injured servicemen and women directly or you have contacts that do. You all are our primary recruiting source and we appreciate the support you have shown and continue to show for the programs we provide. 

The 2012 Lima Foxtrot events are:
Clinics in archery, shooting, basketball, cycling, track & field, sitting volleyball, streng <> th and conditioning, tennis and swimming will be led by Paralympic athletes and coaches. All skill levels are welcome.

Exclusive for servicemen and women who have suffered significant eye injuries or blindness while on active duty to the service member and a guest.

Designed to introduce severely injured military personnel and their families to recreational sports opportunities. Limited to children ages 7 and up and families of four. Provisions for larger families made on a case-by-case basis.

Exclusive for servicemen and women who have suffered traumatic brain injury at no cost to military personnel and one guest.

An extended outdoor adventure weekend held at Lake Martin, Ala., for severely injured service members and a guest.  
All Lima Foxtrot events include all meals, lodging, air and ground transportation, and all sports and recreation activities at no cost. If you click on the above events, you will be directed to our website and be able to download the flyer and application in PDF format.

Attached you will find the Introduction to Sports Camp flyer and application. We are accepting applications for 30 participants and the applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve for those qualified service members. If you have specific questions pertaining to qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.  We would like to have as many applications submitted by Friday, January 20th to ensure proper time for travel arrangements. Once we have filled all 30 slots, a waiting list will be started to implement in case of last minute cancellations.

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions or need additional information. Hope you have had a great start to 2012!


Susan Robinson
Lima Foxtrot Coordinator/Athletics & Recreation
Lakeshore Foundation 4000 Ridgeway Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 (205) 313-7461 direct (205) 313-7475 fax (205) 215-3700 cell  <>