Former Special Forces medic Leo Jenkins recently wrote an article highlighting the top four charities he recommends after the controversy surrounding the Wounded Warrior Project. Amongst those that Leo recommends is the Red Circle Foundation, a charity founded by Brandon Webb which helps the families of Special Operations Forces veterans with immediate financial support. Check out the article below.- Desiree


At this point most people are aware of the controversy surrounding Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) excessive, frivolous spending. Reports of a staggeringly low, 60% of donations actually being applied to WWP’s mission surfaced early this year. The actions of this organization have created a distrust in a lot of people. As a result people are more hesitant to donate to legitimate organizations in need. While there will always be those willing to take advantage of the service of others there are a multitude of truly deserving and altruistic veteran run foundations. The following is a short (non exhaustive) list of veteran charities worthy of your support.

GallantFew

  • Mission: GallantFew’s mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
  • Why GallantFew: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While GallantFew does provide mental health and financial resources for veterans in need, their main objective is to prevent the need for those interventions by focusing on the bonds forged in service. Their ultimate goal is to connect every veteran leaving active duty with a local, previously transitioned and connected veteran. This mentor relationship helps new veterans transition back into a civilian life, gain meaningful employment and have an ally nearby in times of need.
  • By the Numbers: In 2015, less than 5% of revenue was allocated to overhead organizational expenses with slightly more than 95% allocated to mission based expenses. GallantFew practices financial transparency. Their numbers can be viewed here… https://gallantfew.org/financials/
  • From GallantFew founder, Karl Monger. “We believe communities are the answer to veteran transition issues, and these communities take several forms. The communities of specific veteran populations -i.e. Rangers, or Marines, best know how to work with their own. Often I say our work must be “of the community, by the community and for the community. GallantFew’s main goal remains to build our network so we are able to match transitioning Veterans with successfully transitioned Veterans. This enables us to help keep the Veteran on azimuth.”