Lima Foxtrot

Injured Military Programs and Camps at Lakeshore

Since its program beginnings, Lakeshore proudly served members of our Armed Forces who sustained physical injuries during their time of service. The Lima Foxtrot programs for injured military began as a response to the significant number of men and women acquiring injuries from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lakeshore has served over 2,200 injured servicemen and women and their families from 46 states and territories over the last ten years of the program. Through Lima Foxtrot, active-duty personnel and veterans use lessons from sport and recreation to learn how to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle.

  • Op. Endurance
  • Op. Perseverance
  • Op. Night Vision
  • Family Camp
  • Op. Refocus
  • Op. Rise & Conquer

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

Eligible service members and/or veterans must live in the greater Birmingham area to qualify. Those who are applying for Operation Endurance must provide a copy of their DD214 and their VA disability compensation rating breakdown. All applications are subject to review. To begin the application process, potential members will need to submit a membership application, health history form and doctor’s release form. Click here to download these forms.

Operation Perseverance (April 19-23, 2017) is for veterans and military personnel who have sustained physical injuries during their service. Activities include an introduction to Paralympic sports, with clinics will be led by Paralympic athletes and coaches. All skill levels are welcome. Sports may include archery, badminton, biathlon, cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, sled hockey, swimming, tennis and track & field. Participants may also enjoy sessions on strength and conditioning, nutrition, and personalized goal setting.

Qualifying injuries for Operation Perseverance included amputations, burns, disfigurements, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

Applications are due by March 1, 2017, and space is limited. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp. Click here to apply.

Operation Perseverance is made possible by a generous grant by the Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition, Veteran Affairs staff members are invited to apply to attend and participate in Operation Perseverance. Attendees will develop a deeper appreciation of their veterans’ ability to play adapted sports, and will be better equipped to help future veterans begin or continue adapted sports programs. A priority will be given to those VISNs 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 16 and those who work in PM&R or Recreation Therapy. If you are a VA employee and interested in applying, click here.   

Operation Night Vision (May 17-21, 2017) is specifically designed for servicemen and women who have sustained a significant eye injury or vision loss while serving our country. Activities may include cycling, archery, shooting, scuba, rock climbing, judo and more. Veterans and active duty personnel also will have opportunities to discuss nutrition and exercise plans. 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.  Applications are due by April 7, 2017. Click here to apply.

Lakeshore’s Family Camp (June 21-25, 2017) introduces the entire family of servicemen and women who have sustained injuries during their time of service to adapted sports and recreation. Qualifying injuries include but are not limited to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns, and/or disfigurements. Camp activities include cycling, archery, shooting, scuba, rock climbing, kayaking and more.

Children must be at least 5 years or older to attend. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Applications are due by April 30, 2017. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to being accepted to this camp. Click here to apply.

Operation Refocus (August 23-27, 2017) is a female-only camp for military servicewomen who have sustained spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, vision impairments, amputations, burns and/or disfigurements while serving our country. As a female-only camp, we create a 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. Applications are due by June 30, 2017. Click here to apply.

Operation Rise & Conquer (September 20-24, 2017) is an outdoor adapted sports and recreation adventure camp for servicemen and women who sustained injuries during their time of service. The weekend experience begins at Lakeshore and moves on to Lake Martin for a variety of challenging outdoor activities.

Qualifying injuries include but are 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. Applications are due by August 11, 2017. Click here to apply.

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.

The 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.”