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Frog Fest helps wounded veterans
CRYSTAL BEACH - by Lauren Huet
Hundreds of country music fans are hitting the beach to listen to big names like Tracy Byrd and Casey Donahew, but it's not just for fun. All of the money raised this weekend will go to help wounded soldiers. The Lone Survivor Foundation holds retreats across the country for veterans and their families, but it doesn't have its own facility. That will change soon.
Crowds began streaming into Frog Fest as the opening act, Casey Hendrix, started to play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Hundreds more will be in front of the stage by nightfall.
"We'd like to hope that over the two days somewhere between 8 to 10 thousand people will show up," said the Executive Director of the Lone Survivor Foundation, Terry Jung.
Frog Fest will last all day Saturday and Sunday. All of the proceeds will go to building a retreat for wounded soldiers.
"This is going to be a retreat facility that we will fly soldiers and their families in from all over the United States to basically work with them to help integrate them back into society," said Jung. "We focus on post traumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, military sexual assault, and chronic pain issues."
U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the focus of the movie Lone Survivor, created the Lone Survivor Organization in 2010.
"Marcus's-- his program for what he did to heal when he came back is the groundwork and foundation for what we do now," said Jung.
Brint Construction is donating the land and labor for the facility. Money raised from Frog Fest will pay for building materials.
"So there's certain situations like that where we're hoping that this event will raise enough money to offset those costs that aren't being donated and get this thing built for these guys," said Clint Byrom with Brint Construction.
Byrom says he and his family want to help soldiers.
"They volunteer to go around the world wherever we send them and go through these horrific things, like what happened to Marcus and his team up there," said Byrom. "So, we felt like, what they do for us is so selfless, what can we do for them?"
Brint Construction will build the retreat facility in the Surfside neighborhood in Crystal Beach. They break ground April, 26th. People attending Frog Fest say they're happy to help.
"It's going to a very well cause," said Sandra Guidry, who is attending Frog Fest. "I'd be happy to spend all my money."
Brian Boland, who plays in one of the bands performing this weekend, Three Car Garage, agrees.
"Well, you know there ain't a whole lot more causes around that are better than that, to support our troops," said Boland.