How SLO County's Operation Surf helps veterans with PTSD and combat injuries
San Luis Obispo
The San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 supported Surf 4 Vets, a new six-month concentrated version of Operation Surf by Amazing Surf Adventures that provided a class of seven U.S. military veterans an opportunity to bond while surfing. The class gave the veterans opportunities for social monthly meetings with families and helped to keep them accountable to each other.
They met three times a week for six months to learn how to surf or to improve their surfing skills and mentor each other. Several will be mentors for the next group. The Elks also provided the seven veterans and their families with beef/pork rib dinners for 25 at one of their social functions.
Each veteran was provided a surfboard and wetsuit after graduating. The total amount donated was $3,070.40, of which was a $2,000 grant provided by the Elks National Veterans Service Fund.
The Five Cities Leo Club has made a donation of $200 to the Five Cities Christian Women’s Emergency Food Pantry.
The Leo Club, a youth group, is sponsored by the Pismo Beach Cities Lions Club. Nearly 25,000 people are served from the Pantry yearly.
There are 17 churches that contribute to the pantry with donations and/or volunteers, as well as service clubs such as the Lions Club.
Meals That Connect serves free, hot, noontime meals at 10 dining sites throughout the county and delivers meals to the homebound.
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