Our mission is to provide wounded and disabled veterans with customized surfing equipment and a community to surf with. By equipping veterans and connecting them to our global network of surfing volunteers, we empower them to heal through surf therapy from coast to coast.
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Ocean therapy such as surfing is thought by many mental healthcare professionals to have a therapeutic effect. At One More Wave, we look to give the veteran the chance to enjoy just that, the therapy of the ocean by surfing. According to San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, ” San Diego is home to the nation’s highest number of veterans returning from wartime duty.” (www.voiceofsandiego.org
). In fact, as of February 15th, 2015 at least 28,666 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan reside in San Diego. To put things into perspective, Los Angles is second in the country with nearly 17,500.
This is an important number because nearly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. (va/gov.com). “Nearly 1900 veterans are thought to have taken their own lives in just 2014 alone.” (businessinsider.com
) More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with physical and mental problems stemming from their service. (ABC News, CNN, Gordon Peterson Nov 10, 2014). “The number of male veterans under 30 ending their own lives jumps by 44 percent in just two years.” (time.com
From 2001-2014, a total of 1,573 veterans had a major limb amputation from injuries sustained during Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (www.crs.gov
). According to a University of Washington Prosthetics & Orthotics report, “Most studies determined depression rates between 20 and 30% in the years after amputation, this is much higher than the world average of 5.8% of men and 9.5% of women.”
According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, “Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.” (theovernight.donordrive.com
In conclusion, at One More Wave Surf Corp our goal is to provide the wounded veteran with ocean therapy. We look to do this by providing custom shaped surf boards to the veterans needs and tailored wetsuits. We believe this will make a difference to our wounded veterans.Learn more via the URL shown in the “Website Address” box above…
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