For five years now, the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation has provided the Wounded Warriors based out of Camp Pendleton its distinctive “Ocean Therapy” program that has taught hundreds of their servicemen the healing qualities of the ocean through surfing. This all-volunteer program has brought Marines, professional surfers, and people from all walks of life together in a relaxed atmosphere and spirit of friendship, trust, and confidence.
On Monday, a special session held at the base got a little boost of enthusiasm when members of team Body Glove including Nate Yeomans, Jamie O’Brien, Cheyne Magnusson, Anthony Walsh, and Matt Pagan showed up for an early surf session and a few hours of instruction with the Marines. After seeing many of the Marines successfully get to their feet their first time, it’s easy to see why the surfing lessons have become one of the most popular programs for the Wounded Warriors. “I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of multiple Wounded Warrior sessions and I think it helps them cope with anything they’re going though,” says Magnusson. “No matter what the injury, once they hit the water, it’s in the back of their minds. It’s always an honor to be with our nation’s heroes and give back. Semper Fi!”—Aaron Checkwood