Over three days last week, Special Operations Rangers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord engaged with a variety of Ranger veterans and professional development specialists dedicated to the career longevity and eventual transition of the Rangers and their families into the civilian world.
2d Ranger Battalion veteran Ron O’Ferrall led the way to organize a stable of mentors, such as Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Leroy Petry, who wanted to share their experience with the Rangers and their families.
As the Darby Project Ranger Ambassador for the PNW and Veterans Affairs Home Loan Education Director & Loan Officer at Veterans Lending Group, O’Ferrall has a passion for connecting and educating Rangers and their family members on the myriad resources available during their time in service, during transition, and as benefits throughout the rest of their lives.
“We have a great opportunity to reinforce the Army’s Soldier for Life program by educating our Rangers and their families on the benefits and services they have earned,” O’Ferrall said. “Rangers are busy training and fighting our Nation’s wars, and the families are sacrificing at home to keep the entire train moving forward.”
O’Ferrall reported that the Ranger leaders cannot be expected to be personal professional counselors and transition specialists as well as the world’s most elite small unit fighting force.
“I think we all understand a Ranger leader has a sacred requirement to take care of his Rangers through rigorous training and professional mentorship,” O’Ferrall stated. “To expect these warriors to provide first-class counseling outside of their career field and expertise is flawed.”
Organizations like The Darby Project provide is the opportunity to link successful professional mentors and patriotic Americans, working in concert with the military’s regulations to provide relevant support now.
“If we are going to build Soldiers for Life, we have to reach out to the Rangers now and maintain contact for last relationships that honor their service and create a cycle of benevolence for our active duty families,” O’Ferrall said.
The Darby Project serves U.S. Army Ranger School qualified soldiers and soldiers serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Our mission to connect, educate and empower U.S. Army Rangers to lead the way in their communities. Visit this link to read more about The Darby Project, our events and our programs. The Darby Project wants to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended, participated and presented during our first seminar to encourage leader involvement to help ensure Rangers have a plan that will enable them to be as successful outside Regiment, or the Army as they were while serving.
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