After yesterday's stunning post from Matt about Veterans Day, we thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight a new Veteran's organization. Three years ago our family took turns reading about Marcus Luttrell and his Seal Team in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting Marcus. A humble hero who survived to share the story of his fallen brethren, he is now focused on creating and developing the Lone Survivor Foundation in order to serve other wounded warriors. Their first event on October 20, 2010 brought out 600 people and raised over $250,000 to formally launch their project, and they have future events planned to raise awareness and volunteers. When I learned one of my sorority sisters, Meghan McDermott Roth, works for the Lone Survivor Foundation, I offered our blog to help them spread the word. After running 3 miles yesterday in her "boots" as part of their Boot Campaign fundraiser, she sent me the following information.
Lone Survivor Foundation was Co-Founded by Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL (Ret) and best-selling author of 'Lone Survivor', and MAJ Sharon Henderson. The mission of the Foundation is to welcome home, empower and restore American Wounded Warriors and their families. Further, the Foundation aims to motivate Hometown USA to Pay it Forward to our local Veterans.
The U.S. Government cannot support Veterans alone-- it's a big, expensive task-- that's where LSF steps in. Our goal is to create the Lone Survivor Foundation Ranch. The wellness retreat will be located on 1,000+ acres of Texas ranch land. The LSF Ranch will encompass physical rehab programs and emotional wellness programs, not only for the wounded warrior, but for the entire family.
Until we can raise enough funds to see the Ranch become a reality, we are facilitating custom wellness activities for wounded soldiers. This includes sending wounded warriors on hunting or fishing trips, military-geared marriage retreats, or our big upcoming event-- this holiday season we are partnering with Wounded Wear to outfit all injuried soldiers hospitalized this holiday season.
Meghan McDermott Roth
Email them for more information at neverquit@
If Matt's words yesterday inspired you to become more involved and help our returning men and women, please head over to Lone Survivor Foundation. Like the Lone Survivor Foundation page on FaceBook, follow them on Twitter, and watch for opportunities in your own community to promote their good work.