“Sometimes families are going in the right direction and need help to keep going in the right direction and sometimes they veer off track and need help getting back on track,” Stacy said.
The Boot Campaign was founded in 2009 by five women from Texas who were moved by Lone Survivor, a book by Marcus Luttrell. They began by selling boots to create awareness for the needs of veterans. Proceeds raised by the organization go to assist wounded military and their families with job placement, mortgage free homes, PTSD counseling and other needs.
“When you are in veteran services, you are in the business of storytelling,” said Brandi Hodge, Boot Campaign’s director of digital engagement. “The average civilian or American doesn’t know what they went through, what the recovery process is, and where they are now. Guys are out there lacing up boots all over the world to fight for our freedoms.”
Ogden said the lucky ones are the ones who return home in one piece. “Two other guys stepped on that same pressure plate before Bo did. He weighed more or was weighted down a little more.”
Reichenbach, of Billings, Mont., gave up his dream of playing professional hockey to join the Navy in 2008. The terrorist attacks of 9-11 were part of the reason. He said he has no regrets.
“No, I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “I’m happy with where I’m at and I’m looking forward. I can’t think about the past. It’s the past.”
To donate, go to www.neverquitchallenge.com. All proceeds will be split evenly among the three foundations.