GallantFew’s PATRIOT CHALLENGE is a nationwide veteran transition advocacy and community fitness event. PATRIOT CHALLENGE brings together military and civilian PATRIOTS each February to raise funds for GallantFew’s transition support programs as well as national and local military and veteran support initiatives.
For eight consecutive years, GallantFew’s Run Ranger Run grew in participants across our great nation. In 2012, Army Ranger Cory Smith ran 565 miles from Fort Benning, Ga. to his home in Indianapolis, Ind. to bring awareness to the challenges facing transitioning service members. As a salute to our first PATRIOT, our inaugural PATRIOT CHALLENGE teams will continue the Run Ranger Run tradition of logging 565 combined miles in February 2021.
Run, walk, bike, climb, skate or lift. If you can exercise, you can be a PATRIOT!
A 14-year U.S. Army Ranger veteran, Mike has dedicated the last 13 years of his life as an advocate of public and private initiatives and programs connecting America with her veterans. Wounded in an IED attack Iraq on Feb. 27, 2007, Mike survived the loss of his hands, burns on 85 percent of his body, and loss of vision. He lives a life full of hope and purpose inspiring veterans to fight through their challenges to become involved as leaders in their local communities. Mike has served in Board of Directors and leadership capacities with the Gary Sinise Foundation and GallantFew.
“The heart of PATRIOT CHALLENGE is community. We are connecting America to her veterans by providing opportunities to work together for common goals.”
Beginning with registration on May 1, 2020, PATRIOT CHALLENGE participants form teams of 10, 20, and 50 or more to raise funds for GallantFew’s transition support programs and their own veteran/military support initiatives. After a team of at least 10 participants takes the SPARTAN PLEDGE, logs 565 miles, and raises $1,000 — the team will reach PATRIOT status. PATRIOT teams may receive up to 50% of the funds they receive after the initial $1,000 is raised for a pre-approved local or national initiative to connect America to her veterans.
We have three categories to pledge your allegiance in support of the service and sacrifice our United States military.
PATRIOTS create teams to benefit GallantFew and local or national military/veteran support organizations.
Leidos, Phantom Lights, BAE Systems, Elliott Davis, Esler, and MG+M Law are examples of corporations using PATRIOT CHALLENGE as a way to enhance employee wellness while supporting our veterans.
More than 490 PATRIOT teams were created in 2020 raising nearly $400,000.
FALLEN WARFIGHTERS are PATRIOT CHALLENGE teams created to benefit GallantFew and local or national initiatives honoring a FALLEN WARFIGHTER.
Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Fund is an example of a FALLEN WARFIGHTER team established to use PATRIOT CHALLENGE as a fundraising platform for their worthy mission to honor and maintain their hero’s legacy.
HONORING OUR HEROES teams are created to benefit GallantFew and local or national initiatives supporting memorializing an American hero or heroes.
This PATRIOT PROGRAM category is a ready-made fundraising platform for organizations with local chapters such as the USO, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and Scouts who routinely conduct programs honoring local service members.
PATRIOT CHALLENGE could not connect America to her veterans without a dedicated group of participants, Flag Bearers, and Corporate Partners. We SALUTE You!