April 25-26, 2015
Houston, TX (April 23, 2015): The Lone Survivor Foundation is celebrating the grand opening of their Crystal Beach Retreat Facility with a private dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and a public open house on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 11am -2pm.
Saturday, April 25 is an invitation only event for the donors who have contributed directly to the building of the facility; including labor, materials, and financial donations. A private viewing for credentialed media will be held from 9a-11a and all media are invited to stay for the day’s events. Lunch will be provided.
Sunday, April 26 from 11a – 2p the LSF Crystal Beach Retreat Facility will be open to the public to tour. The facility is located at 949 Surfside Dr. Crystal Beach, TX 77650. There is no cost to the public to tour the facility. A BBQ lunch cooked on-site by Getting Sauced Cookers and generously provided by Kroger will be available for a donation.
On April 26,, 2014 US Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell, founder of the Lone Survivor Foundation and Clint Byrom, General Manager of BRINT Construction, walked across an empty lot in Crystal Beach’s Surfside community to fire up the backhoe at the groundbreaking ceremony and carved out a chunk of earth, marking the location as the site of the future Crystal Beach Retreat Facility. Now, a short 364 days later, the Lone Survivor Foundation will see the ribbon cut on their first permanent, Foundation-owned facility where they will conduct all-expenses paid, educational and therapeutic retreats for service members, veterans, and their families learning to cope with the invisible wounds of war.
The 5,008 square foot facility spans two houses; the staff house sleeps nine and includes individual session rooms, while the soldiers’ house can accommodate up to 17 people – at an LSF retreat that would mean never more than 9 service members, 4 couples, or 4 families at one time. In 2014, the Lone Survivor Foundation held 14 retreats at rented and donated facilities across the country serving 110 veterans and family members. With the addition of the permanent Crystal Beach Facility, their goal for 2015 is 17 retreats; significantly increasing the number of lives impacted by the LSF retreat program. Marcus Luttrell says “the Foundation leaves an indelible mark on the families we bring out and help” and that the significance marked by the completion of this project should not be defined by the families LSF has helped but “by the families we will continue to help by having these doors open to us.”
This country has seen 1.9 million new veterans since October of 2001. Of those veterans, close to 40% will be diagnosed with some form of a combat-related invisible injury focused on by the Lone Survivor Foundation; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), minor Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and/or chronic pain. The symptoms of these wounds extend beyond the service member and veterans often causing secondary PTSD within the family unit. Lone Survivor Foundation’s Executive Director Terry Jung stresses the facility’s importance, “As the number of veterans needing services continues to rise, it is the Lone Survivor Foundation’s goal to grow and expand to meet the need.”
The houses’ architectural design posed a challenge to Brian Byrom, BRINT Construction’s general manager and designer, he wanted the building itself to “reflect a feeling of patriotism.” Brian’s answer: the staff house is built in the shape of the Navy Cross, the soldiers’ house is a pentagon, together representing God and Country. Lone Survivor Foundation Program Manager Denise Grant, working closely with the Byrom’s and BRINT Construction throughout the process, was excited to be so actively involved with the design, “We have been able to create working spaces that will be very comfortable and provide state of the art equipment for our educational program; we are thrilled with the final product.”
Terry Jung on behalf of the Lone Survivor Foundation thanks “the Byrom Family, all of the individuals and companies who contributed to the facility, and the Bolivar community for their dedication, hard work, and support on this project.” Adds Clint Byrom, “Bolivar has stepped up in major ways to support, not only the building of this retreat facility, but the Lone Survivor Foundation as a whole.”
About Lone Survivor Foundation
The Lone Survivor Foundation provides support for our wounded service members, their spouses and children by empowering them with helpful techniques and tools addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and pain management. The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families. The Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2010 by US Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell. To learn more visit www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org.
About BRINT Construction
Brint Construction was started by Tim and Susan Byrom in 1985 and are a family owned and operated business The second generation of Brint Construction, Inc. has been unfolding here on Bolivar since 2008. Brian and Clint Byrom, the company’s namesakes, have taken over the family business and have been working to continue the legacy their father, Tim, has created. To learn more visit www.brintconstruction.com.
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