Thursday, July 30, 2015

Press Release - GallantFew and Elk Institute Partner to Support Veterans

Contact: Karl Monger               
Tel. 817-600-0514
Date: July 29, 2015

Dallas, Texas - The Elk institute for Psychological Health & Performance and GallantFew continue a unique partnership to provide superior therapy and consultative services to our Nation’s Veterans. In 2014, The Elk Institute provided more than 100 hours of therapy for GallantFew referrals alone.

Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew says, “Dr. Elk is an innovative mental health practitioner who works tirelessly on the behalf of veterans.  She is a trusted resource, one of the highest compliments the Special Operations Veteran community can pay, and Elk Institute is a vital partner in GallantFew's holistic approach to transition.” 

GallantFew and The Elk Institute work to identify the need of our Veterans and then find solutions with multistate and multi-agency coordination.  Services, of both organizations, complement each other and are necessary components of an effective safety net for our Veterans in need.

Dr. Carrie Elk, PhD, LMHC, CTE says, “The very best first line of help for veterans will always be a fellow Veteran. GallantFew provides a widespread network of Veteran to Veteran support around the country to all Veterans when a battle buddy is needed during times of transition.  The GallantFew Veteran advocacy team are sometimes the first to identify psychological health needs in the Veterans with whom they assist.  Elk Institute is dedicated to supporting GallantFew with any psychological health and performance education and treatment needs.” 

There are 22 veterans and 1 active duty suicides reported each day. Many due to untreated PTSD or other psychosocial stressors experienced by our veterans such as homelessness, unemployment or other financial issues, family problems, addiction etc. By providing peer support and access to psychological health services GallantFew & Elk Institute are doing their part to assist our veterans/address the unmet needs/ lower this tragic statistic.

Dr. Elk and Monger


The Elk Institute for Psychological Health & Performance is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization established to provide psychological health education, treatment, and consultation to the military and veteran community at NO COST TO THE INDIVIDUAL VETERAN.  We specialize in training and treatment of Psychological Trauma (PTS/PTSD) for individuals and groups in the military population. We rely 100% on private donations from individuals & organizations like GallantFew to continue to provide these services to our veterans with no burden to the veteran. In 2014 90% of donations to Elk Institute provided direct clinical treatment or education to service members and veterans.

GallantFew, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization committed to the prevention of veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to civilian life filled with hope and purpose.  

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Latest Unemployment Figures

This from the VA:
"The BLS employment statistics were released today.  Attached is our ‘cheat sheet’ for your use and information.  We have also included the 2nd quarter 2015 statistic report. The national unemployment rate decreased from 5.5% to 5.3% and the Veteran unemployment numbers decreased from 5.0% to 4.4%.  Thanks to all of you who are working directly or indirectly, to ensure our Veterans have meaningful employment."
Let's take a look at the details.

This chart shows the last twelve months unemployment rate by month.  Civilians are the blue line, all male veterans the red line, all male era I (Desert Storm) the green line, and post 9/11 male veterans purple.
Male Unemployment Comparison Chart
Note the overall downward trend of the post 9/11 male veterans.  This is a good thing and kudo's to all who have worked to bring this trend about.  We have to stay vigilant, however because when the twelve month average is considered, post 9/11 male veterans remain much higher than non veterans, and double the rate of Desert Storm veterans.
Male Unemployment twelve month average comparison

Females are a different story, with a sharp dip to the good but then a return back to the levels of a year ago.  This is a very small population segment, a few numbers skew the ratio.

Female Unemployment Comparison Chart

Overall this month a post 9/11 veteran is 18.5% more likely to be unemployed than a non-veteran.  On a twelve month average, 37.75% more likely unemployed.  The trend is going the right way, keep it up!

v/r  Karl

Friday, July 3, 2015

1st Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation Bike Raffle

 $20 RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THIS BIKE or 6 for $100.
KMS Picture
Custom built by Mind Ride Cycles, Jax, Fl.

The bike is built on a rigid Paugcho frame, 80 inch HD (Harley Davidson) evo motor, HD 5 speed trans, HD primary, billet front end with 21 inch wheel, 18x180 rear tire, billet forward controls, stretched tanks. Biltwell 10 inch bars with GMA controls. Proceeds to benefit 1st Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation which exists to support 1/75 Rangers and their families.
Buy your tickets by messaging on Facebook to Killer Mans Sons MC Low Country OR
Drawing November 3, 2015.  You do not have to be present to win.

In 2014, this bike was raffled at the SSG Jason Dahlke Poker Run to raise money for the Sua Sponte Foundation.  The event was a great success and the gentleman who won decided the bike was a bit too peppy for him, so for a very reasonable price, he sold it back to the Foundation.  So, here’s to the little bike that keeps on giving…and to second chances.  Be a winner.  Buy your tickets now.

Go here for more info on the Sua Sponte Foundation