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Lone Survivor Foundation seeks wounded warriors, families

Organization offers therapeutic getaways for entire family

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Healing can be a family affair.

"A lot of the things you see for the wounded warriors returning home are just for the warrior, or it is something recreational like a vacation ... but this is more about the entire family's rehabilitation, which is why it is different," said Brittney Linville, who serves on the advisory board for the Lone Survivor Foundation. "This is geared toward the couple and/or entire family and is centered around therapy and education."

The Lone Survivor Foundation was created to provide exceptional therapeutic, outdoor, and unique opportunities that optimize recovery and healing of affected American wounded Servicemembers and their families.

Founder Marcus Luttrell, author of the bestseller "Lone Survivor," was inspired to start the group based on his own experiences following a harrowing deployment in Afghanistan and his post-combat recovery period at his ranch in Texas.

Linville attended a retreat two years ago, when Lone Survivor was just starting out, along with her medically retired warrior, Matthew, and their then 4-year-old daughter. This impressed Linville, since other groups never seem to include children.

Retreats are held about 10 times a year and are typically conducted over a three-day weekend at ranches that have been donated for that time period. Retreats are divided into four main categories (TBI, PTSD, chronic pain and military sexual trauma), and the wait time is dependent upon when a specific retreat is planned.

Regardless of the retreat's focus, all potential attendees go through a screening process in order to ensure that the therapies at the retreat will not interfere with that person's existing care plan.

"This is a great opportunity for you to get some help, reconnect with your family and get back to where you were before you got injured," Linville said. "Lone Survivors can help you from being torn apart from your injuries."

Qualified individuals can complete the application themselves or be referred by a medical facility or veterans' foundation. For more information or to apply, visit

"We have the space available, and we want to help more everyone we can, so please apply," Linville said.

The organization is completely non-profit, so the continuation of its success is based on donations. To donate and support the Lone Survivor Foundation, visit its website at or send a check to 2626 S. Loop W., Ste. 415, Houston, Texas 77054.

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