Two Operation Surf participants ride a wave


Veterans who participate in Operation Surf and OS6 emerge having rediscovered their own potential and capacity for joy. Hear them describe their experiences in their own words.

Allan W., USAF, rides a wave

“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Lifetime memories and bonds were made. This wasn’t just a surfing trip, for me this was a group of people fighting individual battles coming together, sharing experiences and unconditional love. I’m leaving with more confidence in myself than I came with.”

Allan W.,  USAF

Bobby L., USMC, rides a wave

“I had decided to check surfing off my bucket list and after I got back I was going to kill myself.  While I was at Operation Surf there was this sense of peace that came over me and I realized my life wasn’t mine to take.”

Bobby L., USMC

Juan A., Army, rides a wave

“I waited 3 years before doctors approved of me going to Operation Surf. I am having a really good time, it’s helping me so much.”

Juan A.,  ARMY

Michael E., USMC does a handstand on his surf board

“Thank you to my new family Operation Surf for giving me another reason to keep moving not just forward, but upward.”

Michael E., USMC

Martin P., UK Rifleman, rides a wave

“Most guys consider their Alive Day the day they were blown up. For me, my Alive Day was when I came to Operation Surf. I found out who I was there. I realized I am not disabled, just differently able. All of us. Just differently able.”

Martin P., UK Rifleman

For more evidence of the impact that Operation Surf’ programs make, read the research that’s been done.