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Surf Dog Ricochet - Waves of Empowerment

Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment program enriches the lives of military with PTSD, wounded warriors, active duty service members, combat veterans, adults with disabilities and kids with special needs by taking them from the battleground to the playground.

It’s a unique initiative that empowers military with PTSD, wounded warriors, active duty service members and veterans who are transitioning out of combat situations and back into civilian life. It also incorporates adults with disabilities who want to inspire and encourage kids through the challenges they've faced. Each veteran or adult becomes a mentor, and is matched one-on-one with a child who has special needs for a day of paws-on healing through canine-assisted surfing, paddling, playing and therapy.

These activities are facilitated by Ricochet who is a registered, certified and top AKC titled therapy dog. The goal is to reduce social anxiety by engaging the veterans, adults and children in social activities that foster positive relationships.