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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 2,800 injured servicemen and women and their families from 46 states, DC and Puerto Rico since 2006. Through Lima Foxtrot, active-duty personnel and veterans use lessons from sport and recreation to learn how to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle.

  • Interested in supporting Lima Foxtrot programs for injured military? Please email Dwight Downs or call 205-313-7425.

Lakeshore Membership Through Operation Endurance

Operation Endurance is funded, in part, by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. This program 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.

Annual Camps

  • Op. Refocus
  • Op. Rise and Conquer

Operation Refocus 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.

Operation Rise and Conquer is an extended outdoor adventure weekend for servicemen and women who have sustained a significant injury or vision loss. The weekend begins at Lakeshore and moves on to Lake Martin, located near Alexander City, Alabama, 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. Participants are welcome to bring a guest.

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.”