Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, the 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, tells the harrowing, emotionally raw account and motivational story of his survival and the deaths of his comrades-in-arms in Operation Redwing, a mission to gather intelligence on Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. Marcus’ NEVER QUIT attitude was key to his survival and his recovery at home.
After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. On the ranch, Marcus had time to recover, to think, and to feel the love and support of close friends and family as he healed his wounds. Based upon first hand experiences of what is needed to provide holistic treatment beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010.
Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members, veterans and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
VISION AND GOALS
- Build 3 – 4 nationally recognized therapeutic retreat facilities to allow us to better fulfill our mission and serve our growing waiting list of service members, veterans and families in need.
- Stabilize and enhance family structures and relationships through education, counseling, support, and inspiration using short-term retreats and referral programs.
- Inspire and motivate Americans to recognize and offer support, mentorship, and care for our wounded service members, veterans and their families.
Lone Survivor Foundation provides therapeutic retreats for service members, veterans and their families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, and Military Sexual Trauma. In 2017 – 38 retreats for 335 service members, veterans and family members, all at NO COST to them!
OUR PROGRAM SERVICES
Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America’s wounded service members, veterans and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal’ – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community. LSF provides support to service members, veterans and families from all military branches who are challenged with injuries such as:
- Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
- Chronic Pain
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Care Partner Stress
- Compound Trauma from Military and First Responder service
These painful injuries have devastating effects on the individual as well as their family. LSF’s goal is to support both the individual and the family through education, coping skills and reducing symptoms of stress. To that end, LSF conducts retreats with a focus on wellness and therapeutic support. Retreats are conducted year-round over a five-day period at scenic facilities, allowing ample opportunity for the healing effect of nature and relaxation. We host various types of retreats to meet the specific needs of the populations we serve, with the goal of introducing tools for moving forward successfully.
The Foundation hosts specialized retreats for:
- Individuals (Service Members, Veterans & Care Partners)
Our retreats emphasize the use of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) using the EAGALA model, neurofeedback, combat trauma specific yoga, and other cutting edge modalities geared toward improving quality of life.
We empower our retreat participants with the skills and resources necessary to create a plan for their continued recovery after the retreat. Through our referral network, we can connect them to organizations and providers in their local area who can assist them in continuing the therapeutic treatments they have selected to pursue.
Through the plan they create and the resources we provide, the retreat attendee will be empowered to take ownership of their healing process. Individuals are welcome to come back for a Couples Retreat, followed by a Family Retreat (usually 6-18 months apart), depending on their individual needs and progress.
All of these services are provided at no cost to the service members, veterans or their families through the generous support of donors and sponsors, and through fundraising events around the country.
Your Support Makes A Difference
"For the first in 15 years, I feel like it's ok to finally live again. I owe it to this retreat! Thank you"
"I came to LSF in a very dark area of my life. I had reached out a few weeks prior to my primary resources only to be treated like I didn’t matter. I was at wit’s end. The symptoms I had been experiencing were all new, even though I had been dealing with PTSD for years. The new symptoms were more than I could handle but I hung on a few more days to reach out again for help. Thank God I was able to get relief from my symptoms through the LSF program. I felt as if I had been unstuck. I got what I needed to start moving forward again. From the bottom of my heart, thanks LSF and staff for what you do."
"I made more progress this weekend than I have made in the last 5 years of therapy."
"For the first time since my husband was shot, I truly believed he/we would be, not only ok, but great. Thank you."
"LSF has given our family a new lease on life. We have been given hope for the future, forgiven for the past, and have gained understanding. We are united as one and are now on our way to living a more fulfilled and positive life together!"
"There were things I had been experiencing since combat that I thought were only unique to me. It wasn’t until Lone Survivor Foundation that I found out that there were other veterans with the exact same things I had been experiencing. I am and will be forever grateful to Lone Survivor Foundation and its staff for everything they have done for me and for making me feel like I’m back home again."
"It has given me the quality time I needed to reconnect with my children, understand their concerns, and learn parenting skills I needed to be a better father and positive role model for them! I am forever grateful for people like you, that give back to disabled veterans reaching out for help to better their lives and the lives of their families."
"I do appreciate LSF and what you all do. I finally felt that I met people I could connect with during the retreat last year. And in my situation that is difficult to do."
"Life Changer, after this program I'm recharged and ready."
"This program saved my life, I had no other choices."
"I recommend this program to everyone, because if it worked for me, it can work for anyone."
"I was able to address a situation that has been bothering and haunting me for 9 years."
"Even after our session is over, throughout the day, things just come to you as 'ta-da moments'."
"There were many things revealed in each session. I appreciate being more connected with my wife and hearing what I can do to remain connected and communicating."
"I didn’t know what to expect, but I can sum it up easily. In the four days I was with LSF, I felt I made more breakthroughs and realizations about my disabilities than in the three years of therapy at the VA. I made friends and felt a camaraderie I haven’t felt in a long time. THIS PROGRAM WORKS and I hope it will help many other veterans like myself for years to come."