When most people hear the title “Lone Survivor”, they think of the American war film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. The film was a financial success grossing over $140 million on a budget of $40 million. What many may not know is that when former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his 2016 presidential campaign, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the real-life “Lone Survivor”, was standing behind the governor. Now, it turns out that Perry has a bona fide military record. He is also pro-defense. As such, it should not come as a surprise that military personnel and their families support Perry’s campaign.
However, Luttrell’s reason for endorsing Perry goes far beyond the governor’s stand on the issues. It’s quite personal. Life hasn’t been easy for Luttrell in the years that he alone emerged from an ill-fated Navy SEAL operation to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Despite all odds, Luttrell survived, but the loss of his fellow soldiers took an emotional toll on him. In fact, Luttrell actually arrived at the governor’s residence and ended up living in his house. Over the time, the two formed a father-son bond. Often times, the governor can be heard referring to Luttrell as his second son. Since that time, Lutrell has gotten back on his feet. He is happily married and is the proud father of two children. Gov. Perry remains a big part of his life and is godfather to his children.