On November 2, 2017, NPDF officials held a conference with the Lone Survivor Foundation Executive Director Terry Jung and key board members in Forlini’s Restaurant in Little Italy, New York. The purpose of the conference was to establish an official liaison with the foundation in hopes of expanding counseling to NPDF members who are military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).
The Lone Survivor Foundation was established in 2010 by former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and is credited for having provided free one on one counseling to hundreds of military veteran’s and family members through their retreats at their headquarters in Houston, Texas. They are establishing a second retreat near Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, NC.
In 2007, Marcus Luttrell wrote the book “Lone Survivor” which was a number one New York Times best-selling book that told the harrowing, emotionally raw account and motivational story of his survival and the deaths of his comrades-in-arms in Operation Redwing. It was a mission to gather intelligence on Taliban leadership in Afghanistan and tells how Marcus’ NEVER QUIT attitude was key to his survival and his recovery at home.
After surviving his military operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. On the ranch, 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 experience of what is needed to provide holistic treatment beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010. In 2013 a Hollywood motion picture called “Lone Survivor” based on Marcus’s book staring Mark Wahlberg was produced.