Help Save A Veterans Life & Give Them a New Mission

Our Mentorship Program provides personalized guidance for Veterans and their families, keeping them engaged and empowered in the transition from Military to Civilian life. You do not have to be a Veteran to help. This course is open to family and friends of Veterans. Our mentorship program is the 1st step to making a shift to empowerment by being of service. This is accomplished through challenges and extensive networking. 

3 options for the bootcamp challenges & mentor program

Self-paced online course with a Mentor to guide you

through the 10 Challenges. Go at your own pace. Take up to 10 weeks to complete. Click sign up button.

3 weekly sessions in a Zoom group course

with Mentors guiding the group to complete the 10 Challenges. You will be given instructions to prepare ahead of time once you sign up. Click sign up button. Registration is required.

1 Day session in a Zoom group course

with Mentors guiding the group to complete the 10 Challenges. You will be given instructions to prepare ahead of time. Click sign up button. Registration is required.

Upon completion of the requirements for mentorship, you will receive a certificate and become an official mentor for The Long Walk Home, Inc. We are currently working on setting up CEUs for this course and different levels of mentors.

The first step in becoming a mentor is taking the Bootcamp Challenges To Service 

Mentorship Requirements

  1. Complete all 10 Challenges To Service & receive a certificate of achievement
  2. Take the advanced class on Zoom.
  3. Mentor at least one person under the supervision of another mentor OR lead the squad on a Zoom group.
  4. Send in biography & photo.

Levels of Mentorship:

Initiate: Completed all 10 Challenges To Service 
Mentor: Completed all 4 mentorship requirements
Silver Star Mentor: Mentored 2 people online through Learn Dash OR lead squad on Zoom group on your own.
Gold Star Mentor: Attended an ASIST workshop plus any one of our Wellness workshops, such as the 4 Lenses, the 5 Love Languages, Personal Finance, Anger Management

What are the 10 Challenges To Service?

Join a network of Veterans and military families who have embarked on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

At The Long Walk Home, we help veterans and their families have healthy and purposeful transition to civilian life. The Mentorship Program guides you along a series of personal challenges designed to combat negative thinking, build healthier habits, develop goals for the future, and nurture personal relationships.

As a Mentee, expect to spend no more than 30 minutes on any of the ten challenges. Start your journey today!

There are 3 options to compete the challenges. 
  • A self paced course that is done online with one of our mentors guiding you each step of the way.
  • A weekly Zoom course that is done in small groups and completed in three weekly sessions.
  • An accelerated one day Zoom course that is done in small groups. 

 

Sample Challenge: Expressing Gratitude

*Morning: What are you grateful for when you wake up?

*Night: Before you go to bed write one thing you are grateful that you accomplished or that happened to you during the day?

*Why? To commence a shift in your perspective, starting the day with a positive thought and ending it on a positive note.

If you have questions or want more information about our Mentorship and 10 Challenges for Service program, please contact us at info@thelongwalkhome.org.

You may register for the mentorship program on this page.

A Message from Ron Zaleski, Founder & developer of the Mentorship program

In the military we are taught to be of ultimate service to our country and fellow Americans. Getting discharged doesn’t mean we abandon that mission. Rather we must redefine it. Let’s utilize our military training to serve our community. One of your goals is to reach out to members of your family or friends and mend any discord that you may have created due to your altered perception following your experience in the military.

Since most civilians haven’t experienced what we have, they have a tendency to over dramatize what is happening in their life. To some, a hangnail is a tragedy. To those who have seen the horrors of war, though, they are drama queens. When we understand where they are coming from, we can be more tolerant.

My mission is still to serve and protect, but how do I do that now? I do it by being the person I want my children to be and the type of person I want them to be with. I do it by being involved in The Long Walk Home enacting the difference I want to see and making myself available to connect people with the services they may need – whatever they may be. I put people before money, and the more I learn, the more value I add to the lives of those around me.

Our challenges are like a Boot Camp, laying the groundwork to redefine our mission because we are now in charge of our lives. We are not victims. It’s up to us, not Uncle Sam! There are 3 options on how to complete the 10 Challenges To Service. See blue buttons at top of page. You will be assigned a mentor to guide you and you will communicate your answers to them through the online portal or through our  Zoom program (depending on which course you sign up for).

Upon completion of your 10 Challenges, you will have the opportunity to become a mentor for The Long Walk Home. Please see the requirements above. Even if you decide not to mentor, just taking the challenges is a huge step in healing.

Meet The Mentors

Bill Hunnell
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Brandy Brodie
Branch of Service: Navy
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Brian Flaherty
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank, years served: Sergeant, 6 Years, active, reserve
MOS, Combat Tours: 6022 Jet Engine Mechanic
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Bryan Bowman
Branch of Service: Army
Rank, years served: 1995-2016
MOS, Combat Tours: Human resources 42A, supply 92Y, foodservice 92G
Current City and State: Canal Fulton, Ohio
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Beth Thompson
Current City and State: Ohio
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Christina Camillieri
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Edwin Smith
Branch of Service: Army
Rank, years served: E-5; 1969-1972
MOS, Combat Tours: 32D2T
Current City and State: California
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Dawn Condry
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rank, years served: E3, 4 years
Current City and State: Massachusetts
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Gary Delgado
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank, years served: 21 yrs
MOS, Combat Tours: Iraq, Afghanistan
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Sabrina Caldwell
Branch of Service: Navy
Rank, years served: 2000-2004
MOS, Combat Tours: OEF/OIF
Current City and State: Virginia
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Greg Fiory
Branch of Service: Army
MOS, Combat Tours: 31F, 94E,25U operation iraq freedom
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Heath “Batman” Fleener
Branch of Service: Police/Army
Current City and State: Apollo Beach, Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Jackie Killian
Branch of Service: Air Force
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Jessica Caldwell
Branch of Service: Army
Current City and State: Texas
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Joyce Robertson
Branch of Service: Air Force
Current City and State: Kentucky
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Kimberly Davis
Branch of Service: Army
Current City and State: North Carolina
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Ron Newhouse
Branch of Service: Navy
Current City and State: Texas
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
10 Challenges with Ron Newhouse
Tom Nelligan
Type:
Status:
Mary Miller
Current City and State: New Port Richey, Fl
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Nancy Gazo
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Laci Ocker
Current City and State: Arkansas
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Timothy Chandler
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank, years served: Staff Sergeant
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Alia Quadir-Pantyuhin
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Rhonda Eldridge
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Ron Zaleski
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Terri Miller
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Terry Beale
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank, years served: LCPL
MOS, Combat Tours: 2531, Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Todd Bandiagara
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Current City and State: Ecuador
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Tara Augustine
Branch of Service: Army
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Vicki Lachman
Branch of Service: Army
Rank, years served: 1st Lt., 3 years
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Vicky Vazquez
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available

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