Help A Veteran Make Their Transition

Our mentorship program is designed to help veterans and families make their transition to civilian life. You will work with veterans 1-on-1, online OR in-person, to help guide them through The 10 Challenges To Service. Each challenge is designed to help the veteran regain their purpose in civilian life.

What are the 10 Challenges To Service?

Join dozens of veterans who have grown tremendously by completing our Mentorship and 10 Challenges for Service program.

At The Long Walk Home, we help veterans transition from military to civilian life, find healing, are empowered, and grow to serve.

Our 10 Challenges are designed to help make sure your life is anchored and stable, as you plan the next part of your life’s journey. Our mentors will support you in every step and they are people who really care about you!

The 10 Challenges for Service are challenging yet simple!

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.

Meet The Mentors

Adam Hutchinson
Branch of Service: Army
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Aileen Miller
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Bill Hunnell
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
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
Diane Schwartz
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
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
Ron Newhouse
Branch of Service: Navy
Current City and State: Texas
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
10 Challenges with Ron Newhouse
Nancy Gazo
Current City and State: Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Rick Ayers Jr
Branch of Service: Army
Current City and State: North Caroline
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Ron Zaleski
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
10 Challenges with Ron Zaleski
Terri Miller
Current City and State: Venice, Florida
Type: Civilian
Status: Available
Todd Bandiagara
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Current City and State: Ecuador
Type: Veteran
Status: Available
Brian Feasler
Branch of Service: Army
Rank, years served: 14
MOS, Combat Tours: 19D-3
Current City and State: North Bellmore, NY
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

A Message from Ron Zaleski, Founder

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!
You will communicate each challenge to your mentor as you complete them through our online portal.

Upon completion of your Ten Challenges, you will have the opportunity to partner with us at The Long Walk Home. You can become a volunteer at our events and, with the approval of our mentorship team, even become a mentor yourself.

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