Catch A Lift Fund Is Transforming Wounded Veteran's Lives Through Fitness

To honor all of our brave service members on Veterans Day, Only Good TV is proud to share this video about an organization which is making great strides helping our veterans cope and recover from both the physical and mental trauma they were exposed to in the service of our country.

Do you ever wonder how veterans cope with life once they come home from combat? After being trained to be on high-alert 24/7, what's it like for them to integrate back into everyday society? It raises the question: our military members protect us, but who protects them?

Over the years Only Good TV has done many stories on organizations that help veterans when they return home, but the personal origin story and mission of the Catch A Lift Fund is among the most moving we've ever covered.


The Catch A Lift Fund (CAL) was founded in 2010, with the sole purpose of helping post-9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. recover both physically and mentally. Uniquely, CAL's service to veterans is focused on physical fitness: the program pays for gym memberships, in-home gym equipment, and personalized fitness, as well as nutrition plans and a peer-support network.

Catch A Lift vets are seeing and feeling results, including:

  • dramatic weight loss,
  • reduction in medications,
  • improved sleep patterns, and
  • strengthened relationships with family and friends.

To some people, working out the body might not seem equivalent to a therapy session focused on the mind, but CAL participants make it clear how powerful its impact can be.

"For us, it's healing," says Sarah Rudder, Marine Corps Veteran, mother, and amputee. "They were able to provide me with the best therapy I've had in my life." To learn more about Sarah Rudder, click here.

It was a veteran's life—and death—that inspired the creation of Catch A Lift and the CAL Fund. The founder is Lynn Coffland, whose brother, Army Cpl. Chris Coffland, lost his life in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2009. In telling her brother's story, Lynn remembers that Chris believed strongly in mental and physical fitness—and that through it, anyone can reach their highest potential.

Thanks to Lynn, over the past 7 years CAL has helped more than 3,000 wounded veterans! And due to the program's success, demand has skyrocketed, and nearly 500 wounded veterans have joined the CAL waiting list. To serve these brave men and women, CAL needs to raise about $500,000 a year.

Fortunately, CAL has inspired enthusiastic support from a local and national community; in 2016, the Catch A Lift Fund raised a record $1 million! Subsequently, CAL was honored to ring the NYSE opening bell, received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and — most importantly — was able to employ alumni of the program to train other veterans in need.

Watch and see how this organization, inspired by a veteran, is making sure that all veterans have a place to go to face their greatest challenges and move confidently into the future, together.

This Only Good TV original video was produced by Laurence Sheinman, shot by Johnny Perez, and edited by Kellie Sieban.

Learn more at: https://catchaliftfund.org/

Watch Sarah Rudder's story at: http://bit.ly/SRCALOGTV

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