Thank You Shootout Long Island!

Shootout For Soldiers Long Island 2021

After the pandemic cancelled just about every event worldwide, this year’s Shootout For Soldiers came back better and stronger. This non-profit focus’s on using lacrosse as a way to support American Veterans and foster community engagement. There are nation wide events held and we are lucky enough to be a charity sponsor in the Long Island event, that takes place at the Field of Dreams in Massapequa Park. On this 24 hour event day, we are joined by a large amount of teams that range in ages starting at 5 years old to some participants in their 50s. There are plenty of vendors set up for people to participate in raffles, buy clothing, raise awareness or donate to any local charities that are present.

This year Shootout Long Island raised over $178,000! We can not thank this organation enough for their kind gestures of donating back to Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund. With this support Shootout is helping us help our Rangers.

Sam Vachris- Leading The Way

Sam Vachris- Leading The Way

At only 13 years old, Sam Vachris brought it upon himself to help support Lead The Way Fund during his towns community day. Sam himself raised $1,700 at this event, sharing the organization’s mission by handing out brochures, stickers, pens, etc.

Sam’s parents kindly matched his fundraising amounts to come up with a $3,400 donation for LTWF.
Without the support from people and families like these, nothing we do is possible!

SFRG Video Tribute

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund understands the strain and stress the families of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment endure and conservation of the family unit is paramount for the morale and focus of our Rangers.

When a Ranger is deployed, so is his family. The long separations can be challenging and strenuous on everyone. Family Readiness Groups (FRGs), consisting of family members and other volunteers associated with a particular unit, act as First-Responders that serve to enhance the well-being, morale and esprit de corp of the unit.

Through our Ranger Family Health, Wellness and Morale Program, we are able to support the FRGs in ALL companies within the Regiment with significant yearly donations to pay for these all-important family morale-boosting activities so they do not have to.

Thank you to the Senior FRG leaders of the 2d Ranger Battalion for this special tribute video! As long as your families are in the fight, we will be there to support you!

And THANK YOU to our supporters because we could not continue to do this without you!


Mr. & Mrs. Mike Rye

To all who made our visit with our son possible, 

Thank you so very much! It was very good to be able to spend time with Ben. Being in a Vet home for him at such a young age because of the brain injury he has is a rough ordeal but he seems to have adjusted and has a lot of men supporting him. 

We were glad to be able to see this and really appreciate you for helping us get out to see him. We know it will be what it is. 

We are so very thankful for an organization like you to help those like us who just don’t have the resources to travel and see their son or daughter who has fallen in harm’s way. 

Again wethank you in a big and might way. 

As Ben’s father, like my wife said – you all are a real blessing. Jan and I thank you lovingly. 

Jan and Mike Rye. 

Stevie Meddock

I want to thank everyone at Lead The Way Fund for your kindness and overwhelming generosity during this difficult time in my life. 

I have been amazed at the love and appreciation shown for my husband and the sacrifice he made. I have been even more amazed by the the support show to me in the past few months, especially from the Ranger family. 

Thank you again, 

Stevie Meddock 

MSG Alex Wright

Thank you for the support your organization has provided to my family over the last couple of years as my wife fought her battle with multiple myeloma. She lost her fight 109 days ago. Nothing prepares you for this kind of loss, but the assistance you provided helped us tremendously, and allowed her to devote more of her precious energy to fighting the disease. I cannot find the words to properly express my gratitude. You are doing great things for people in their times of need, and I thank you for it.

Alex Wright MSG (Retired) Aco, Bco, HHC 2/75

LTC McChrystal, CDR, 2/75

Members of Lead The Way Fund,

On behalf of 2d Ranger Battalion, CSM Boyer and I cannot thank you enough for the continued support and dedication to our Rangers and their families. Your quick response in getting the members of the Meddock family out to see Cameron in his final moments is something I am sure they will never forget. We, as well as the family, are extremely grateful.  We would love to host you here on the compound in the near future. 

Very Respectfully, 

Robert McChrystal

CDR/ 2/75