What began in 2009 with a patriot-awakening among friends has now come full circle. The Boot Campaign presented Lone Survivor Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, Marcus Luttrell, Petty Officer, US Navy SEAL (retired), with a $100,000 grant to be used for Lone Survivor Foundation’s future Texas ranch therapeutic recovery facility. In keeping with the family support and mental wellness initiatives supported by both Boot Campaign and Lone Survivor Foundation, the grant will help fund a retreat focused on physical, mental and emotional healing for service members, combat veterans and their families.
The partnership between Boot Campaign and Lone Survivor Foundation has a storied past. After reading Luttrell’s best-selling book “Lone Survivor,” co-founder Sherri Reuland and four friends, now known as the “Original Boot Girls,” launched the Boot Campaign to show gratitude for returning service members. When Luttrell learned his book inspired the nonprofit and saw the group’s efforts to support military men and women, he jumped in with both boots, lending his expertise and guidance to the now nationally-recognized charitable organization.
Terry Jung, executive director of Lone Survivor Foundation, reinforces the importance and strength of the relationship between the two nonprofits. “The Boot Campaign and the Lone Survivor Foundation continue to show that when organizations with similar missions work together, great things can be accomplished.”
Though the Texas ranch retreat is still in the conceptual phase, Lone Survivor Foundation continues to plan for future construction of the facility. Currently, all Lone Survivor Foundation retreats are held at donated or rented facilities, with their first permanent, Foundation-owned retreat facility scheduled to open in early spring on the Bolivar Peninsula along the Texas Coast. Lone Survivor Foundation retreats provide unique support to combat service members, veterans and their families struggling with post traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and chronic pain.