“We Are Strong, We Are Brave, We Are Resilient.”
(Family Motto of Ranger Wife Ashley S.)
“At this point, my daughter (13) would have faithfully stood by her dad’s side through 11 deployments. And each of her siblings contributed one deployment for each year of their life….my sons (10 & 2) and our twins faced their first at only 2 months old. I’m amazed by them and humbled by their sacrifice, resiliency, and faithfulness to the mission and our family team. <2>” -S.H.
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was responsible for establishing April as the Month Of The Military Child in 1986, and the Department of Defense has honored his initiative ever since.
Our Ranger families have been in service ranging from a few months to 30+ years and have experienced between 1 to 19 deployments (not including when their Ranger Dad is away on TDY for training or school). Many of our families recall the days where modern technology to video chat or email their Ranger while they were away, did not exist. Many are namesake babies of an Airborne Rangers in The Sky to honor the life of their dad’s fallen Ranger Brother. Rangers are fortunate to typically be stationed at one of the three Battalions for a majority of their career and experience shorter, more frequent deployment/training schedules, while most conventional units must adjust to longer deployments and frequent orders to PCS to new duty stations across the globe; either way, these are tough kids that deserve our acknowledgment.
“They have sacrificed so much at such a young age, but they know their father is a true hero and that he works hard for our country and our family. He makes up for being gone when he is home by being an ever-present father.” -A.U.
The month of April is an important one for children who have one or both parents serving in uniform; approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 9/11. The Darby Project recognizes the pivotal role of the Ranger family unit to the success of our Ranger Veterans and our Active Duty Rangers.
“We love all the things Regiment does for our Ranger babies including retreats, family days and holiday events. We are truly blessed to be a part of this unit we get to call family. It is tough being away from home but Regiment makes it much easier with the support they provide!” -C.O.
We serve Future Rangers (JROTC and ROTC), Active Duty Rangers and Families (75th Ranger Regiment, RTB and Ranger-qualified Soldiers) and Veteran Rangers and Families (75th Ranger Regiment and Ranger-qualified Soldiers).
We are continuously trying to grow our list of Ranger family resources & partnerships, and host events such as our upcoming Black & Tan Linkup where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chaplain Tithes and Offering Funds of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Ranger Training Brigade to support Ranger family and single Ranger programs. We encourage you to check out the links above; stay connected with us on social media and subscribe to receive the latest TDP updates!
Rangers, Ranger Wives & Ranger Kids LEAD THE WAY!
All photos were provided by family members or given with consent to The Darby Project for release.