Trauma affects people in different ways, and it is usually difficult to work through because of that. However, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation has developed a way to treat trauma of all kinds. Our surf therapy offers an experience-based approach to trauma recovery.
We help veterans as well as under-served kids, and help them find new sources of joy and form happy memories to slowly replace the memories of their hurt.
How We Started
The JMMF Surf Therapy program was devised and implemented by Dr. Carly Rogers in 2005 serving underprivileged and abused children in Los Angeles. The results were beyond remarkable. As one clinician stated, “These children have experienced such trauma that there are no positive memories for them to refer to. You have created positive memories for them that will serve them for a lifetime. You have inspired the very core of who they are and what they can accomplish”.
In 2007, JMMF expanded the concept of using Surfing as a Therapy protocol to help military members returning from conflicts in the Persian Gulf. After numerous and lengthy conversations with the Pentagon and military command at Camp Pendleton, the JMMF was invited to conduct a pilot program with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West (WWB-W). Once again, the positive results of the pilot program were far beyond all expectations. The Command staff of the Wounded Warrior Battalion stated, “The change at the barracks is visceral. The Marines come back from (Surf Therapy) sessions with actual smiles on their faces. This is something we have not been able to provide through traditional therapy.” The JMMF was enthusiastically invited back, and we now conduct, on average, two sessions per month with the Wounded Warrior Battalion – West at Camp Pendleton.
In the summer of 2007, JMMF created our Veteran program to reach those whose service may have ended but their adverse wartime experiences still traumatize them. In 2013, to further delineate our population groups and provide a “safe” therapeutic environment, we implemented our first female-only veteran sessions. We continue to offer female-only sessions each summer.
Currently, JMMF coordinates up to 50 Surf Therapy sessions each year serving Military Programs (both active duty military and veterans) and Youth Programs throughout Southern California. Ocean Therapy sessions are offered year-round and have historically served more than 500 active duty and veterans annually.
Contact Us Today
Our surfing therapy has helped countless individuals on their road to overcome their trauma and find joy in their lives again. If you want to be a part of this program, learn more about how you can volunteer to help. Or donate toward the cause today.