Lima Foxtrot

Injured Military Programs and Camps at Lakeshore

Lima Foxtrot LogoSince 2006 Lakeshore has become one of this country’s premier, comprehensive, year round, sport, recreation and fitness programs for severely injured members of our Armed Forces who were injured post 9/11. Our injured military program and camps began in response to the significant number of men and women acquiring injuries from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since 2006 Lakeshore has served over 1,800 injured servicemen and women and their families, from 46 states and territories. Through this program, young men and women use lessons from sport and recreation to learn how to pursue life after injury.

For more information or to register for an Injured Military programs, contact Susan Robinson at gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862 or (205) 313-7461.

For more information on volunteering for Lima Foxtrot, contact Amy Belcher at gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@l1475333862ebyma1475333862 or (205) 313-7432.

Interested in supporting Lima Foxtrot programs for injured military? Please contact Patti Lovoy at gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@l1475333862ittap1475333862 or (205) 313-7483.

Operation Endurance

Two-Members-Cycling-on-TrackOperation Endurance is Lakeshore Foundation’s ongoing program to provide those who have been injured in service to our country with a membership to the outstanding programs and services Lakeshore provides.

Operation Endurance enables local servicemen and women who have sustained a severe injury during active duty ongoing access to Lakeshore’s membership programs at no cost. This is available for all who have sustained a service-related injury resulting in physical disability, regardless of when they served.

The severe injuries that qualify for Operation Endurance include, but are not limited to, loss of limb, loss of vision/blindness, spinal cord injury/paralysis, permanent disfigurement, severe burns or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Diagnosis of neurological conditions such as MS or Parkinson’s as well as diseases resulting from Agent Orange exposure also fall under the Operation Endurance umbrella. The diagnosis must have either occurred during his or her time of service or have proof of service connection and/or exposure.

Eligible service members and/or veterans must live in the greater Birmingham area to qualify.

For more information about Operation Endurance or to apply, please contact Susan Robinson at gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862 or (205) 313-7400.

  1. Operation Perseverance

Operation Perseverance (Usually held in April) is for military personnel who have sustained physical injuries.  This camp offers adapted sports clinics led by Paralympic athletes, coaches and expert instructors.   All skill levels are welcome.  Sports typically included are Archery, Biathlon, Cycling, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Sled Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon and Wheelchair Basketball. Sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning and goal setting is included.

Qualifying injuries for Operation Perseverance included amputations, burns, disfigurements, visual impairments, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Both veterans and active duty personnel are encouraged to apply.

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

  1. Operation Night Vision

Operation Night VisionOperation Night Vision is a camp held at Lakeshore specifically designed for injured military personnel with visual impairment or blindness.

Operation Night Vision (Usually held in May) is specifically designed for servicemen and women who have sustained a significant eye injury or vision loss while serving our country post-9/11. Activities include cycling, archery, shooting, scuba, judo, rock climbing, fishing, water skiing, kayaking and more. There is no cost to the servicemen and women who qualify and he or she can bring one guest.

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

  1. Operation United Front

Veteran water skiingOperation United Front (Usually held in June) introduces the entire family of servicemen and women who have sustained a significant injury or vision loss after September 11, 2001 to recreational sports opportunities. Qualifying injuries included but not limited to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns, and/or disfigurements. Activities include cycling, archery, shooting, scuba, rock climbing, fishing, water skiing, kayaking and more.

Children must be at least 5 years or older to attend. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

  1. Operation Down Home

Operation Down Home (Usually held in July) introduces the entire family of servicemen and women who have sustained a significant injury or vision loss after September 11, 2001 to adapted sports nd recreation.  Qualifying injuries included but not limited to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns, and/or disfigurements. Activities include cycling, archery, shooting, scuba, rock climbing, fishing, water skiing, kayaking and more.

Children must be at least 5 years or older to attend. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

  1. Operation Refocus

Operation Refocus (Usually held in August) is a female only camp for military service-women who have sustained spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns, and/or disfigurements while serving our country after September 11, 2001. As a female-only camp, we create and comfortable environment to address needs that are specific to women, with activities that focus on the mind, body and spirit.

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

  1. Operation Rise & Conquer

Veteran swimmingOperation Rise and Conquer (Usually held in September) is an outdoor adapted sports and recreation adventure camp held at Lake Martin, located near Alexander City, Alabama.  The weekend begins at Lakeshore and moves on to Lake Martin for a variety of challenging outdoor recreation activities.

Qualifying injuries included but not limited to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns, and/or disfigurements.  There is no cost to the servicemen and women who qualify and he or she can bring one guest.

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp.  Please fill out application below or download this form and click submit. You may also fax to 205.313.7475 or email to gro.e1475333862rohse1475333862kal@r1475333862nasus1475333862.

Cottages of Lakeshore

The Cottages of Lakeshore provide housing with a private, home-like atmosphere for severely injured military participating in Operation Lima Foxtrot programs.  However, the real benefit for these service members is being able to bring their entire family with them to share in their experience of regaining a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.

Injured Veterans Playing GolfThe Cottages, initiated by Capstone Companies, was built by its in-house construction company, Cottage Builders, and architectural partner Dungan Nequette along with sub-contractors and numerous partnering companies.  The $2.3 million project became a reality through Operation Lakeshore, a 30-month fundraising initiative that involved 200 partnering companies, tremendous community support and hundreds of individual donors.

Recently the Cottages were awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third party certification program and the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The LEED certification is verification that the building incorporates strategies aimed at improving performance, increases energy and water efficiency, reduces carbon emissions, thoughtfully utilizes natural resources and improves indoor environmental quality.  LEED certification services for the project were provided by Joe Cooper with Ecosouth.  In addition to the LEED certification, The Cottages are ENERGY STAR certified as well.

“Lakeshore is grateful to Capstone and all of those whose donations helped make The Cottages of Lakeshore a reality,” said Jeff Underwood, president of Lakeshore. “We are also very proud the project was awarded the LEED Gold certification.”