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To the Whitehead family, to all who attended the 2018 BeneFiesta and to all of our sponsors!  It was truly a night to remember! 

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

The JMMF provides free of charge its unique program of Ocean Therapy to the USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from local shelter facilities for at risk kids.

Featured Upcoming Special Events

The South Bay Dozen

The Really Big Show

JMMF Family Day

JK Livin 2018! What a Great Day!

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Jul 01

South Bay Dozen Copy

July 1 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jul 06

GLAVA Women Veterans – El Porto July 6th

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Jul 10

Camp Pendleton Ocean Therapy Tues July 10th

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

JMMF Past & Future

It’s an exciting time at the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation! From our humble beginnings as a community-based non-profit dedicated to honoring the life and spirit of Jimmy Miller, we’ve grown into an international leader in the alternative therapy world. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Dr. Carly Rogers and countless others, our Ocean Therapy Program is recognized around the world as the de facto protocol in surf therapy.

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Arthur Jeppe

In honor of The Really Big Show this month, we are highlighting not only a volunteer but a true friend of Jimmy's.  Arthur and Jimmy met in Berkeley while attending UC Berkeley. They became fast friends, lived together and traveled around the globe....

Pierce Geisendorff

Pierce is finishing his Sophomore year of high school with plans to attend Cal Poly to study Engineering. He always asks how he can support our Marines in the ocean or any of us on the beach. He attends most of our Camp Pendleton session throughout the...

Meet Jonathan Rodil

Jonathan credits his choice to become an Occupational Therapist on the JMMF Program. Jonathan has spent years volunteering with us at Camp Pendleton and Manhattan Beach. He has a contagious smile and a peaceful demeanor that puts our Athletes, Volunteers,...

Jessica Ripley is a certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist currently earning her MA in Psychology. She plans to utilize her skills and knowledge to start her own Group Surf Therapy for Substance Abuse Program called Waves of Recovery. At each of our...

Camp Pendleton Ocean Therapy Oct 11

All star cast included Peff Eick, Lt. Col. Steve Mount and 10 Marines, including 3 first timers! Laughter was the best medicine at this Ocean Therapy session.  See everyone at THE JIMMY on Sunday!   JMMF board member Andy Dellenbach coaches a first timer with guest...

There is no happily ever after, just happily here and now…

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller Where are your thoughts right now? Are you able to concentrate on the words you are reading or are you ‘future tripping’, worrying about...

When does excitement present as anxiety?

What is your narrative? Do you speak to yourself with warmth, Love and kindness or is your internal voice, your narrative, critical, coming from a place of fear and scarcity? It is not your fault; you have evolution working against you, moving thoughts,...

Welcome Kevin Sousa

Welcome to Kevin’s Clinical Corner. I feel honored and privileged to carry on the work and vision of Dr. Carly Rogers as the new Clinical Director of JMMF. My hope is that in this section of the newsletter, you will find some exploration of common...


Ocean Therapy improves attitudes towards self identity for Youth

Last summer, 74 youth participated in a unique Ocean Therapy research study to better understand the benefits of participation in our unique program. In terms of the process of Ocean Therapy, we asked the youth to draw a picture of their experience of the...

Riding the waves to better health: Navy studies the therapeutic value of surfing.

Article From The Washington Post: By Tony Perry March 10 In song and prose, surfing has long been celebrated as a way to soothe the mind and invigorate the body. But scientific evidence has been limited. Now the Navy has embarked on a $1 million research...
Donate to help wounded warriors, vets and at risk kids today


JMMF is a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donations go to improving the mental health of wounded warriors, vets and children-in-need through Ocean Therapy.

About JMMF

The JMMF provides free of charge its unique program of Ocean Therapy to the USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from local shelter facilities for at risk kids.

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Come Join us this Saturday in Newport Beach at - proceeds benefit JMMF, which means you're supporting our Veterans, our Active-Duty Military Personnel and 8-different ... See more

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‪95% of our Athletes express experiencing opportunities for Learning and Fun and 90% express a positive attitude about their Self-Identity‬!!

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