East Texans wearing combat boots to support troops

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A local business is challenging other East Texans to buy combat boots to support our troops. You may have already noticed some people proudly wearing those military boots.

Employees at Tyler Ford are trading in their career shoes for combat boots.

"If they're as comfortable as they say, we may wear them all the time," said Deborah Sessions, a Tyler Ford employee. "[It] may be a fashion statement for Tyler Ford."

"They'll wear them," said David Irwin, with Tyler Ford. "They're quite stylish."

Irwin ordered 49 pairs and all his employees are proudly sporting them in honor of our wounded warriors.

"The trauma that some of them feel probably is overwhelming and they need to know that we still care," said Sessions.

"I don't think we'll ever understand what they go through but we'll get an understanding of what it is to walk in their shoes," said Irwin.

The Boot Campaign was inspired by the story of Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal who was the lone survivor of a mission in Afghanistan. Touched by his story, five women launched their own attack.

"Within the first six photos we took, we were invited to go down and take pictures of Governor Perry and we realized that it had legs and it spoke to people," said Sherri Reuland, a Boot Girl.

"You know, we're sitting over here sort of living these easy lives by comparison and enjoying all these things we take for granted while over there they're fighting everyday," said Ginger Giles, a Boot Girl.

Now, you too can walk in their shoes by buying the boots. Proceeds benefit Luttrell's Lone Survivor Foundation, which Army vet, Sharon Henderson helped launch as a call to action.

"Just inspire everyone in this country to pay that forward to the people who are willing to serve," said Henderson.

Challenging more to join the mission.

"We're Tyler Ford," said the group. "America, get your boots on."

The Lone Survivor Fund is trying to raise enough money to build a veteran's ranch in East Texas.

To find out how you can get involved or to buy boots, click here.

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