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Have you seen the movie “Lone Survivor” yet?

Based on the book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell, the film (directed by Peter Berg) tells the harrowing, emotionally raw story of Operation Red Wings, starring Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Luttrell), Taylor Kitsch (Mike Murphy), Emile Hirsch (Danny Dietz) and Ben Foster (Matt Axelson). On June 28, 2005, SEAL Team 10 was assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (nom de guerre Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains.

The SEAL team was made up of Luttrell, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Luttrell and Axelson were the team’s snipers; Dietz was in charge of communications and Murphy the team leader. A group of goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs, the four SEALs immediately took control of the situation and discussed what to do with the herders. After taking a vote and basing their decision on ROE, Michael Murphy made the final decision to let them go. The herders were subsequently released and disappeared over the mountain ridge. Luttrell believed they immediately betrayed the team’s location to local Taliban forces and within an hour, the SEALs were engaged in an intense gun battle. In the ensuing battle, the rest of the SEAL team members were killed. Team leader Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle. Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus were awarded the Navy Cross. An MH-47 Chinook helicopter was dispatched with a force consisting of SEALs and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Nightstalkers” to rescue the team, but the helicopter was shot down by an RPG. All 16 men on the Chinook were killed.

Luttrell was the only survivor. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and American forces finally rescued him six days after the gun battle. Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Marcus went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. Luttrell wrote the book “Lone Survivor” to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Living to tell the story

After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. There, 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 healing beyond standard government programs, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010 with the intent to bring the wounded service members, veterans into the same type of environment that healed Marcus. A place of solitude and beauty, where there was a close-knit and understanding support system. A place where the service members, veterans and their families could heal together as they all worked through the consequences of war. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, veterans by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.

The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for our wounded service members, veterans and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support.

Lone Survivor Foundation is committed to providing support to service members, veterans from all military branches who are challenged with injuries such as:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

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. Our retreat types include:

• Individuals
» Service Members, Veterans

» Care Partners

» Military Sexual Trauma – female

» Military Sexual Trauma – male

» Pre-9/11

• Couples
• Families

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.


How can you help LSF honor the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes?

operation-never-quit-button Our monthly donors form the backbone of our organization – their continued support helps offset the cost of providing support for our service members, veterans.
one-time-donation-button We could not achieve our mission without the financial support of people like you!
donate-by-check-button Checks can be mailed to:
Lone Survivor Foundation
2636 S Loop West, Ste 280
Houston, TX 77054
non-cash-donations-button Non-cash donations of old cell phones, laptops, jewelry, vehicles and even land or houses give us the opportunity to double our impact for our wounded service members, veterans! Just think of what we could do if all of our supporters donated their old cell phones!
donate-stock-button Donating stock to LSF rather than selling it may result in a tax savings! For information and servicing related to donations of securities for Lone Survivor Foundation, please contact:
Dan C. Baker, Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual
713-333-5000 office
Did you know that the number one reason people donate to a charity is because someone asked them to? Our “Everyday Hero” website allows you to create your own fundraising page to reach out to family, friends and colleagues to raise funds and awareness for LSF.

Wish List

Visit our Amazon Wish List to view current needs at our retreat facility. This list is kept up to date and will automatically revise quantities as items are purchased. Items can be shipped to our office at 2636 S Loop W, Ste 280, Houston, TX 77054.


Legacy Brick Campaign

Leave a lasting legacy at the Lone Survivor Foundation Crystal Beach Retreat Facility by purchasing an engraved commemorative brick for you or in memory/honor of a veteran or active member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Hundreds of service members, veterans and their families will be attending LSF retreats. Every time they walk the grounds at Crystal Beach, they will be reminded of your support.

Won’t you please become part of the legacy? Purchase your legacy brick today!
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