By DREW BROOKS, The Fayetteville Observer
LINDEN, N.C. — Terry Jung stood under a tent and faced a group that included community leaders, judges, politicians, businessmen and more hailing from Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and the surrounding communities.
Jung, visiting from Texas, was making a pitch.
But he wasn’t asking for money.
The executive director of the Lone Survivor Foundation was looking for support.
Months after the foundation, which provides therapeutic retreats for wounded service members and their families, announced plans to build a retreat north of Fayetteville, Jung was at the site of the Lone Survivor Foundation’s future East Coast facility in search of something far more important than donations, he said.
He needed buy-in.
“This facility is not a Lone Survivor facility,” Jung said. “This facility is a community facility.”
“Fayetteville is exactly the kind of community we want to be in,” he said. “The spirit of the community is what we love.”
The city outside the nation’s largest military installation has a unique perspective on the sacrifices and struggles of America’s service members, Jung said. And there may be no better location for the foundation’s second retreat.
Officials hope to break ground on the facility later this year.
The Lone Survivor Foundation was created in 2010 by former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who is best known for the 2007 best-selling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10” and the 2013 movie “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg.