122: Luke Urick, Montana Vet ProgramSeptember 20, 2016 by Cigars and Sea Stories | Be the first to comment »
On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories the team sits down with fellow Marine veteran, Luke Urick. Luke is a former 0341/0317 who has turned a love for adventure into a therapeutic evolution for veterans. He served in the United States Marine Corps for eight and a half years. At that time Luke deployed to Iraq three times with First Marine Division. On two of those deployments Luke served as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper.
During his deployments he was awarded the Purple Heart as well as numerous awards for leadership. After his time with First Marine Division Luke and his family relocated to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC). While there, he served as an instructor for U.S. and allied militaries deploying to Afghanistan. In 2012 Luke left the Marine Corps and started attending school. Since then he has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and at this time he is four classes away from my Master degree in Organizational Management.
Currently, Luke is also the program manager of the Montana Vet Program (MVP)
Montana Vet Program http://www.eaglemount.net/MVP.php
Montana Vet Program
Tough Minded Healing for Veterans
* Moving On By Getting Out *
We believe Montana can heal its veterans.
Join us as we use Montana’s iconic locations as a backdrop for our veteran led therapeutic trips. At MVP, our goal is to let veterans help veterans deal with their struggles. We do this through the use of camaraderie, physical activity, and tough minded healing.
Pig Egg Project
MVP will be participating in the Pig Egg Project. The term “Pig Egg” comes from the United States Marine Corps’ Sniper community. The Pig portion of “Pig Egg” comes from the name given to Marines in Sniper platoons who have not gone to Sniper School. These individuals are labeled Pigs “Professionally Instructed Gunman”, and “Egg” refers to a very heavy sand bag that goes into a pigs pack, on top of all their other mission essential gear, hence “PIG EGG”. Pig Eggs usually weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs. and are the tangible representation of the extra pain, effort, and suffering an individual needs to be willing to deal with in order to become a Marine Sniper.
The Montana Vet Program has created its own Pig Egg a bag representing all four branches that contains the 6,839 individually named dog tags from the men and women who have given their lives since 9/11. Our Pig Egg weighs approximately 75lbs. The project participants will carry the Pig Egg through Montana’s beautiful Bob Marshall wilderness in order to remember the sacrifices made by so many.