The Wounded Warrior Project will bring veterans to Fort Pierce State Park to learn how to surf
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FORT PIERCE -- The Wounded Warrior Project will host the second Annual Wounded Warrior Surf Day Sept. 13 at the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.
This "Learn to Surf" event brings together Wounded Warriors and volunteers from local communities to share in a morning of surfing, camaraderie, and healing.
"Our focus is to let these Wounded Warriors know how much we care about them, and to share our favorite sport with them," says Bruce Strunk, owner of Spunky's Surf Shop.
"Just like much of the military, our community of surfers is a tight-knit group and many of our volunteers were either veterans or have close ties to the military. We want to let these men and women know we appreciate their service, and to aid in their recovery. It was a great event last year, and we're looking forward to helping these Warriors successfully complete the day's mission of learning to stand up on a surfboard!"
The event will begin with the Wounded Warriors being escorted into the park to the applause and support of over 65 volunteers. After introductions and the opening ceremonies, including our National Anthem, Wounded Warriors, volunteers and sponsors will assemble for a group photo. Each Wounded Warrior will then proceed to the water with a "core team" of volunteers who will provide instruction and safety patrol, with fellow volunteers on shore providing encouragement and support.
Following surf lessons, the Wounded Warriors, volunteers and park employees will join together for a luncheon provided by "Friends of Florida State Parks.".
Last year's initial event was a beautiful success, with our Wounded Warriors leaving with a smile, a goody bag filled with surf-related items, and a framed group photo signed by the volunteers.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located at 905 Shorewinds Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 468-3985.