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New beachfront retreat to help veterans with 'invisible' wounds
CRYSTAL BEACH-By: Leslie Rangel
A beach home on the Bolivar Peninsula, could become a place for wounded warriors to heal invisible wounds.
The "Lone Survivor" foundation is building a place to help servicemen and women readjust once they're home.
Therapy sessions, living quarters and soldiers.
It's a plan by Lone Survivor Foundation, a veterans service group and Brint construction to help veterans coming back from the war.
"We want to try to give somebody basically a tool kit to deal with the anxiety and the pain and things they're confronted with right now but really focus on how to move forward," Terry Jung, the executive director of the foundation says.
Jung says his passion lies in helping soldiers integrate back into society.
"My father was a POW, MIA, was in three star locks during WWII, lost a leg, was very dysfunctional for a long part of his life. I lost a son in Afghanistan and another son of mine is 70 percent disabled. I served in the Navy as an officer, so the military stuff is there, so I know how the family is impacted," Jung said.
Jung hopes this new facility it will allow soldiers to feel like the heroes they are, not like people who are forgotten.
"As a young selfish kid, I felt like I didn't get any attention, I couldn't understand all the other kids were out playing with their dad. I was an athlete my dad didn't come to any of my sporting events. That's all I saw, I couldn't see his side of the story," Jung says.
"This is a rare opportunity to make a big impact for those that volunteer to protect us the way that they do," Clint Byrom, general manager for Clint Construction.
Brint Construction is donating land and oversight of the project, but they still need more donations.
"Lumber is a big thing right now, we don't have a commitment on lumber," Byrom says.
Donations that will go beyond just building a beach house.
"We've got to get to the point that when a soldier comes home, he still feels honored, he feels that we he did is was for the good of his country and that the country appreciates what he did," Jung said.
The Lone Survivor Foundation stems from the true story of Marcus Lutrell, the main character in the Lone Survivor movie featuring Mark Wahlburg.
If you're interested in donating, visit their website by clicking here.