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Lone Survivor inspired retreat planned for Morgan

Article Date: 
14 February, 2014 (All day)

Roger and Joan Nold made Morgan their home last summer when they purchased 27 acres on Highway 66.  The new Morgan residents have family members in different areas of military service, which has instilled in them a sense of gratitude and patriotism.  When their son joined the Army reserves, Joan began reading books and researching about the effects of war and veterans with a stronger focus.  
The Nolds were inspired by Marcus Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor,” which was recently released in theaters.  This traumatic true story of war demonstrates the triumphant spirit of survival and selflessness of helping others.  Luttrell  lived through the horror of losing all of his comrades in war, as well as being injured.  He felt being in nature on his family’s ranch in Texas helped him to recover.  In 2010, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation, which aims to help wounded warriors and their families.  
The Nolds decided they wanted to do something for those who give so much to our country.  So the thoughtful couple went through the process to procure a conditional use permit to allow for a guest house on their property.  They are now in the process of remodeling it so they can allow combat veterans to stay.  They plan to make their guest home a retreat or vacation spot for combat veterans and their families.  
With gratitude for veterans, Roger and Joan want to give back to those who give so much for this country.  They plan to offer lodging for free to these individuals and their families for get-aways and vacations.  Vacation rentals are expensive, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  The Nolds desire veterans to be able to get away and recover from war while enjoying time with family and nature without having to pay a fortune.  
Morgan’s beauty and exciting nature are a wonderful setting for veterans to come relax, recreate, heal or to enjoy time with their families.  Luttrell’s ranch in Texas that inspired this new endeavor offers therapy and other helpful activities; however, the Lone Survivor in Morgan will only offer free lodging.  
Roger has experience in construction, which is beneficial for the renovations needed with this project.  He used his skills when working in Minnesota and South Dakota before they made the move to the Beehive state.  Now Roger is laboring to get this home ready to help combat veterans.  
Joan, who is the visionary and driver of this project, feels she and her husband will get back so much more than they receive.  She looks forward to meeting with people from around the country and believes the experience will enrich their lives.  Joan is well acquainted with serving others.  She works as a neonatal intensive care doctor.  She finds this rewarding career also allows her hours to do things like opening this home to others.
Once things are up and running at the Lone Survivor house, the couple plans on renting it out for parties, family reunions and vacations when it is not occupied by veterans.  They feel this strategy will help provide cash flow the home.   
The Nolds would appreciate help in accommodating the service men and women who will visit our county.  Businesses can show their appreciation for military vets by offering special discounts on goods or services or in any other way they see fit.  The house is expected to be ready for veterans this summer.