Marine Staff Sergeant Marcus Burleson Raises Awareness With The 'Boot Campaign'

We were joined now by Marine Staff Sergeant Marcus Burleson. On December 9th, 2011 in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Burleson was kneeling over an improvised explosive device attempting to render it safe. When it detonated - forcing the amputation of both his arms.

Staff Sergeant Burleson is now an advocate for service members and veterans and is currently a program coordinator and developer for the ‘Boot Campaign.'

The Boot Campaign's most prolific assistance program is the Military Recovery Fund (MRF), which began in 2011 with an all-hands-on-deck fundraising effort to help a combat-wounded serviceman recover from life-changing injuries. Today, MRF allows more veterans to benefit without restriction to generation or injury - having served is the only qualification for help with housing costs, medical bills, living expenses and groceries, just to name a few. Our partnerships with other like-minded nonprofits offer expanded support for counseling services, wellness retreats, mortgage-free home and adaptive renovation grants and much more. We strive to bridge the gap between government programs designed to care for military needs and the often challenging reality that is life during and post-service.

Some of the other ways the Boot Campaign gives back to service members and their families is through Faces Of Our Freedom, which serves to show gratitude to our military heroes and their families through unforgettable experiences, and to raise awareness within the community about the need for continued support; Patriot League, our new kid-centric initiative that promotes engagement among our littlest Boot Campaign supporters; our Hero Ambassador Program, which connects active duty service members and veterans to our audience as spokespeople and honored guests at our events; and Pushups for Charity, our largest nationwide experience that pushes the limits of endurance while raising money to support the Boot Campaign mission.

Established in 2009, the Boot Campaign is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting patriotism for America and our military community; raising awareness of the unique challenges service members face during and post-service; and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, general public donations and corporate sponsorships fund programs that support military families. These efforts extend to all generations of military personnel who endure significant physical, emotional and circumstantial hardships resulting from their service and sacrifice.

Since 2010, we've given more than $750,000 in veteran housing assistance, $565,000 in wellness, counseling and retreats, $500,000 in urgent financial assistance and awakened more than 50,000 patriots to the challenges facing our active duty and veteran families.

For more information on the Boot Campaign, check out the official website.

Follow the Boot Campaign on Twitter: @BootCampaign

Check out Pushups For Charity.

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