The Boot Campaign for homes and other help for deserving veterans gets a leg up this weekend with the general release of the war film “Lone Survivor,” starring Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, author and former U.S. Navy SEAL.
The film is based on Luttrell's 2007 book on a tragic episode of the war in Afghanistan, “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10.”
Luttrell was the only survivor among four SEALS overwhelmed by dozens of Taliban warriors in a June 2005 clash. An additional eight SEALS and eight Army special-operations soldiers sent to the rescue perished when an enemy rocket-propelled grenade struck their MH-47 Chinook helicopter, taking it down.
The movie will bring attention to the Lone Survivor Foundation, which Luttrell founded. The foundation helps veterans help their families “understand what the veteran is going through,” said Lauren Layman, loan officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., which supports the Boot Campaign (www.bootcampaign.com).
Fairway helps with donations, fundraising and awareness. In addition, to the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Boot Campaign supports six other nonprofits for veterans: the Military Recovery Fund, Military Warriors Support Foundation, Wounded Wear, Courage Beyond, Special Ops Survivors and Armed Forces Foundation.
For Fairway, the Boot Campaign is about housing, although Layman said donors can designate which of the charities receives their gift. Nationwide, Fairway has presented 13 mortgage-free homes to veterans, she said.