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John Hallett
Veteran Services

John Hallett is a retired Army combat Veteran and resides in San Luis Obispo, CA, with his wife and two children. After a tough transition to civilian life, while battling severe PTSD and other combat-related injuries, he met Van Curaza and was brought into the Operation Surf Ohana. He has been a participant of the Operation Surf 6 (OS6) six-month local program in 2016, then again as a participant of the week-long program in Huntington Beach in 2019. 

He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from San Diego State University and served as a Scout (19D), then as an Armor Officer while in the Army. He currently serves on Operation Surf’s leadership team as our Veteran Services Manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with Veterans issues and the challenges they experience. 

‘Operation Surf has given me so much more than just learning to surf. It has given me a new family, a brotherhood, and a life that I am passionate about sharing with others.’