CHICAGO -- During spring training, several Cubs posed in combat boots as a sign of support for the Boot Campaign, a grassroots military appreciation campaign that spreads awareness of the needs of military personnel who return home from combat.
Pitcher Randy Wells was among the group. He has since taken his involvement in military appreciation and awareness to another level.
Wells got introduced to the Boot Campaign by way of friend and country singer Stoney LaRue, who performed a charity event last offseason for the Lone Survivor Foundation, which provides therapeutic, health and wellness support to wounded soldiers. The foundation stems from the book The Lone Survivor, an account of a deadly SEAL mission co-authored by SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
The book inspired the Boot Campaign, which through the help of its Boot Girls encourages people to purchase signature combat boots, with all proceeds going to charity partners that assist in things such as specialty clothing for veterans and soldiers who return home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders.
“I went to a charity event, met Marcus and knew right away I wanted to be involved in this,” Wells said. “It’s just a really good deal, friends helping friends. You wear your boots, somebody’ll ask you why, you tell them the story and they’ll say it’s awesome. Then they’ll buy a pair and it spreads like wildfire.”
Wells has since planned a benefit concert with Stoney LaRue and the Midnight River Choir to be held at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago on Oct. 21.
“I’m just trying to get people involved with it,” Wells said. “All of the money goes to the Boot Campaign, the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.”