Events & Training Calendar

Gallantly Forward Gala

Governor Kristi Noem will attend the Gallantly Forward Gala. Join us for a night of hope and brotherhood by purchasing your tickets.


We cordially invite you to our 10th annual ‘Gallantly Forward Gala’ on Saturday, 21 October 2023, at The Monument in Rapid City.  Please join us as we unite to raise awareness about our warriors' profound challenges: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).


The gala event will feature a social hour, dinner, program, silent/live auctions, and engaging music by the Starfellows (2 Brothers -1 Piano).  We have the privilege of hosting former U.S. Army Sergeant Corey Culy, who will courageously share his journey of war, the difficulties encountered upon returning home, and his relentless battle with PTSD.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with event ceremonies kicking off at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. If you can’t attend, we ask that you consider sponsoring a veteran in your absence or donate an item for the silent/live auctions. 


Sergeant Colton Levi Derr battled the hidden enemy of PTSD and fell to suicide on April 28, 2012. During his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Colton completed over 500 combat missions. His military leadership nicknamed him ‘Delta Derr’ because they had never seen a tougher soldier. Sentiments shared by his soldiers recognized him as a leader, mentor, and brother to all. Though he battled PTSD during his final deployment, Colton kept the struggle to himself and appeared dauntless to his brothers.


It’s intolerable that 20+ veterans fall to suicide every day. Founded in 2012, SCLDF is steadfast in our three-fold mission: Veteran Advocacy, Assistance, and Public Awareness of the battles our heroes face when they come home.  Remember, the battle does not end when the war ends.  Please join the fight and support our warriors. 




Jerry W. Derr

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