My name is Morgan Sierra. I am a native a Charleston, SC, but have spent the majority of my adult life in North Carolina. I have a beautiful 8 year old daughter who has dreams becoming a paleontologist so she can discover a new breed of dinosaur. My incredible husband, Ricky, is my rock. He provides me encouragement to challenge myself and loves unconditionally. Together we have over 39 years of service to our nation in the U.S. Army.
I have been volunteering with LSF for about six months and have worked to help spread the word about the LSF Retreat Center coming to the Fayetteville community. Some of the events I have participated in include the Dedication Ceremony, Groundbreaking Ceremony, Hero’s Homecoming, and other community awareness events around the Fayetteville area. I continue to meet with community members for awareness and fundraising opportunities. Not a day goes by that I am not looking for a new opportunity to get people involved with LSF! More community involvement equals more healing for our veterans.
I was drawn to LSF through my work with sexual assault survivors in the military. It can be challenging to find care resources for survivors of sexual assault and LSF hosts a retreat specifically designed for Military Sexual Trauma. Throughout my career I have seen countless Soldiers who have struggled with post-traumatic stress and mild traumatic brain injuries and the impacts on their lives can be devastating. The therapeutic retreats offered through LSF are so impactful because they work towards healing a veteran rather than handing out medication and numbing the pain. A holistic approach that centers on restoring hope is exactly what our veterans’ need – LSF provides that!
My favorite part about volunteering is being able to share experiences with other service members and their families. So often when I speak to people about LSF they really lean and you can see that they are thinking about someone they know who could benefit from a retreat. Fayetteville has a very large military population so it is rare to find someone here who has not been impacted, directly or indirectly, by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma. This retreat facility is going to provide so much healing for our veterans and our community – for that I am thankful.
To all of the supporters who make these retreats possible a Thank You will never be enough. Your support saves lives, saves families, and saves marriages. You wear the title of HERO for what you are doing to heal our veterans, and for that I thank you!
If you are interested in joining the Lone Survivor Foundation Volunteer Force, please sign up at www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org/volunteer.