Oct 27, 2023
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Karl Monger is a remarkable figure with a solid commitment to serving veterans and their communities through his multiple roles and initiatives. As the founder and Executive Director of GallantFew, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established in 2010, he has dedicated himself to addressing and mitigating the challenges faced by veterans, including unemployment, homelessness, and suicide. Under his leadership, GallantFew has launched several innovative programs aimed at supporting veterans in their transition to civilian life and promoting their overall well-being.
One of the cornerstone programs of GallantFew is The Darby Project, which connects Ranger veterans with those transitioning from active duty, facilitating mentorship and guidance. The Run Ranger Run initiative brings awareness to the arduous journey soldiers face when becoming civilians. Descendants of Sparta is a powerful peer anti-suicide program that provides vital support to those in need. Additionally, the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) training program educates law enforcement on veteran issues and conflict de-escalation tactics. Karl's commitment to this cause is evident in his speaking engagements, having addressed nearly a thousand officers at six conferences in the past year.
Karl’s dedication to supporting veterans extends to his role as the owner and CEO of DriPowder, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in business development and veteran care and support issues. His company's recent recertification by the Veterans Administration is a testament to its ongoing commitment to serving the veteran community. Karl also contributes his expertise as a consultant for the Kansas Small Business Development Center, helping veterans establish or expand their small businesses and advising corporations and agencies on veteran-related activities. His efforts were recognized in 2012 when he was named U.S. Small Business Administration Region VII Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year.
Karl's military service has been equally distinguished. He began his career as an Army ROTC scholarship cadet at Wichita State University, achieving the rank of Major and earning the title of Distinguished Military Graduate. His service record includes numerous leadership positions and deployments, including parachuting with the 1st Ranger Battalion into Kuwait in 1992. A graduate of various military schools, his commendable service has earned him several awards and decorations.
Beyond his professional commitments, Karl is actively involved in the community, serving in leadership positions within various organizations and mentoring both veterans and young people in challenging situations. He lives in Texas with his family and is eagerly anticipating the arrival of his first grandchild. His story and the impact of his work serve as an inspiration, highlighting the power of dedication, leadership, and community in making a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans and their families.
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