Surfing Dogs & Vets with PTSD help disabled children catch waves
Surf dog Ricochet’s new Waves of Empowerment (WOE) program is about inspiring and empowering military with PTSD, kids with special needs and people with disabilities to help themselves by helping others. These are individuals that Ricochet has previously surfed or worked with, who are now volunteering to help the next wave of disabled surfers get on board with her. Surf dog Ricochet is one of five dogs who will be starring in the new IMAX film, Superpower Dogs. It’s an epic 3D live action movie that will bring extraordinary dogs to life on huge IMAX and giant screen theatres.
Every 65 minutes a veteran with PTSD takes their life by suicide. Through this unique model, where the helped become the helpers, we are committed to replacing suicidal ideation with a healthy perspective and meaning to life. There is tremendous healing that comes with giving back. The interactions in the water with Ricochet the surf dog, and on the beach cultivate renewed spirits and a sense of purpose for both the participants and volunteers.
If you are an active duty service member or veteran that would like to volunteer to help Ricochet be a surf dog with kids who have special needs, if you’d like to become a volunteer, or if you have a disability, PTSD or a child with special needs that would like to surf with Ricochet, please send an email to the organization here.
Surf dog Ricochet also has a PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative to educate the general public about the signs & symptoms of PTSD, combat stress, MST, TBI and other combat related injuries. We also educate about service dogs and emotional support dogs.
In addition to our veteran and disabled volunteers, we are always looking for water men and women, photographers, videographers, cheerleaders and friends! Just send us an email if you’d like to volunteer in any capacity.
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