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What services does LSF provide?

Donations/Sponsorships

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Marcus Luttrell – “Lone Survivor” and “Service” – “Lone Survivor: The Movie”

 

What services does LSF provide?

What does LSF offer? What if I need help in another area?
Marcus Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation to assist combat veterans and their families in dealing with some of the invisible injuries of war. The Lone Survivor Foundation’s mission is restoring, empowering and renewing hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support. The Foundation accomplishes this through therapeutic retreats held throughout the year. These retreats are focused on PTSD, mTBI, sexual assault and pain management matters. This is where the Lone Survivor Foundation’s focus is. If you, the service member or your family are seeking help in any of these specific areas we may be able to directly help. Complete a retreat application on our website: https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/healing-retreats/attend-retreat and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible. We also have provided resources on the website to help provide education and equip you with tools to manage your experiences in these areas: https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/healing-retreats/resources.

The Lone Survivor Foundation’s resources and capabilities are limited to the specific focus areas listed above, and we are only part of a holistic effort with many other organizations to help service members, veterans and their families with the many challenges they confront. If you are need of assistance in areas other than Lone Survivor Foundation’s direct focus and expertise, we want to get you to the best source of help possible. On the resources page listed above, we have listed resources available to help you get assistance from organizations best suited to the specific needs that you may have.

In the event that you have an immediate crisis we suggest that you contact the VA Hotline 800-273-8255 or text 838255 for help (24/7 responses).

What type of retreat program is offered by LSF?
Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) provides therapeutic retreats for Service Members (SM)/Vets who are struggling with mild Combat Trauma, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain issues and Military Sexual Trauma.

How are the retreats funded?
The Lone Survivor Foundation covers all expenses for the retreat program with funds donated by generous sponsors, so there are no costs for those who attend.  LSF Program Staff will coordinate with SMs/Vets and unit commanders to make travel arrangements.

How are retreat participants selected?
Active Duty Service members, Veterans and their immediate family members are eligible to attend LSF retreats.  When an application is received, it is reviewed by the Program Manager for two factors – First, client needs as they pertain to combat PTSD, mTBI, Chronic pain and Military Sexual Trauma.  Second, the level of function and client capability to participate in and benefit from our retreat program.  Each applicant will be interviewed by the program manager, and these factors, as well as others, are assessed at that time.  The LSF Retreat Program provides support to individuals with mild PTSD, mild TBI, Chronic pain and Military Sexual Trauma.  LSF retreat program does not provide therapeutic support for Individuals who have moderate or severe levels of these issues.  The Program Manager will confer with the SM/Vet’s medical provider to confirm their appropriateness for attending the retreat.

Are the retreats recreational?
No, the LSF retreats are therapeutic in nature.  We utilize psycho-educational groups, Equine Assisted Learning and individual sessions.  We are not a medical treatment program.  We work with SMs/Vets on educational, solution focused, and experiential techniques to facilitate their healing and growth.

What can participants do outside of sessions?
Our retreats are held on serene and relaxing facilities, which typically include activities such as hiking, fishing, basketball, lawn games, etc.  available for individuals to participate in as they wish.  We do not conduct hunting or shooting activities.   We do not allow alcohol at our programs.

Where are the retreats held?
Lone Survivor Foundation Retreats are currently held at facilities near Houston, TX and Salt Lake City, UT.

Who is able to attend a retreat?
Our retreats are divided into three categories.  We offer retreats for individual SM/Vets, separate retreats for couples and separate retreats for families.  We also offer separate retreats for care partners/spouses, and those who have experienced military sexual trauma. We recommend that a SM/Vet attend an individual retreat initially and then they can return with their family for the more extensive family program.

How does someone apply for the program?
The retreat application can be filled out online here. The application will automatically be sent to the Program Staff for review.  All applicants are screened for their appropriate fit based on needs of support, diagnosis, and level of function.  Once the initial screening is complete, the Program Staff will contact the person’s medical provider to confirm that our program is a positive fit with the applicant’s capabilities and needs.

Do retreat staff have experience working with the military?
Yes, all retreat staff have either extensive experience working with the military, or are retired military or military Spouses.

Do retreat staff have credentials?
Yes, retreat staff conducting groups or individual sessions consist of licensed Master’s level mental health providers.  Our Equine staff are certified in EAGALA.

Will there be horseback riding?
No, the LSF retreats utilize the EAGALA model of equine learning.  This model focuses on the relationship between the individual and the horse.  It allows the individual to problem solve, experiment, and develop solutions which work best for the individual, while working with the horses.

What are the program limitations?
We do not allow weapons of any type at our retreats.
We do not allow alcohol or recreational drugs at our program.
Participants are not allowed to leave the retreat premises during the course of the retreat, except for supervised activities.

Where can I get additional information?
Our Program Director, Ann Brown, may be contacted at ann@lonesurvivorfoundation.org for additional information or presentations.

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Donations/Sponsorships

How do I make a donation online?
Please visit our donation page – you can make a one time online donation or set up a monthly donation schedule.

Can I donate non-cash items like cell phones, computers, jewelry, land or stock?
Yes! For land and stock, please contact us for instructions. For all other non-cash donations, please use our non-cash donation form.

How do I change, update, pause or cancel my monthly gift?
We can help you with that! Please use our contact form or call 832-581-3592 and we will get that taken care of right away.

What percentage of my donation goes toward the soldiers (program costs)?
Our 2016 figures are as follows (updated yearly):

  • Program Services: 76%
  • Fundraising: 18%
  • Administration: 6%

What does it cost on average to fund a retreat (2016 figures)?
Lone Survivor Foundation covers all expenses for the retreat program through donations from generous individuals and sponsors, so there are no costs for those who attend. The costs for:

  • Individual, MST and Care Partner Retreats average about $3,000 per individual.
  • Couples Retreats average about $7,100 per couple.
  • Family Retreats average about $8,400 per family.
  • The average cost of an entire retreat is about $27,500.

Where can I view the most recent 990’s and financial statements?
Our financial documents can be found here.

Will I receive an acknowledgement letter or tax receipt for my donation?
Online donations receive an email acknowledgement letter immediately following the donation. Donations made by check will receive an acknowledgement letter through the mail after the check is deposited. Consolidated receipts are sent through the mail no later than January 31st of the year following the donation. Itemized statements can be requested by contacting us.

What are the “Eagle” Sponsorship levels?
The Foundation is proud to call our supporters the Lone Survivor Foundation Eagles. Eagles can designate their support to the Foundation in a variety of ways including general unrestricted support of the greatest needs of the Foundation, support of specific events, supporting the capital funding of retreat facilities, building Foundation endowments, funding retreats, co-venturing through donations made from the sale of goods and products and through planned giving.

There are four levels of sponsorship, or heights to which the Lone Survivor Eagles fly/support; the 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star and 4 Star levels are based on financial and like-kind donations made.

4 Star – $100,000+
3 Star – $50,000 – $99,999
2 Star – $25,000-$49,999
1 Star – $10,000-$24,999

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Events

Where can I find a list of upcoming events?
Please visit our upcoming events page!

I want to host an event benefiting Lone Survivor Foundation – how do I do that?
Thank you for your support! To get started with your event, please fill out our event application form.

Can I help raise funds and awareness for LSF?
Yes you can! Create a personal fundraising page here to reach out to your friends, family and colleagues to raise funds and spread awareness in your community.

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Marcus Luttrell – “Lone Survivor” and “Service” – “Lone Survivor: The Movie”

How do I book Marcus Luttrell to speak at my event? or How do I schedule an interview with Marcus?
Lone Survivor Foundation does not handle Mr. Luttrell’s schedule.
For interview requests and event invitations, please use the contact form on his website: www.MarcusLuttrell.com/contact.
To request Mr. Luttrell as a speaker at your event, please use the speaking inquiry form on his website: www.MarcusLuttrell.com/speaking-inquiry-form.

How can I get a message to Marcus?
Please use the contact form on his website: www.marcusluttrell.com/contact.

How can I get a signed copy of the book?
Autographed copies of “Lone Survivor” and “Service” can be purchased on www.marcusluttrell.com/store.

How can I get an autograph/signed picture, etc.?
Lone Survivor Foundation is unable to coordinate the transfer of items to be signed by Mr. Luttrell. Autographed copies of the books can be purchased on www.marcusluttrell.com/store. Autographed pictures are not currently available.

Did the Lone Survivor Foundation receive any of the proceeds from the “Lone Survivor Movie”?
While we do not have financial information from the studios, we are happy to report the studios have been extremely supportive of the families of those lost in Operation Red Wings.  Here is a clip for you to see some of the comments of the family members: https://tinyurl.com/m4rv5vs.  In addition, movie screenings by the studio have provided fundraising opportunities to the charities of those fallen in Operation Red Wings and they have graciously included the Lone Survivor Foundation.  Peter Berg, the director of the movie, has also started a fund in which the Lone Survivor Foundation is a recipient.

Through the movie, attention is brought to the work of the Lone Survivor Foundation.  We appreciate the support so we can continue to raise funds and provide help to those men and women, and their families, who serve our country.

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