The SUP Veterans: Finding Camaraderie & Healing Through SUP

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We're all familiar with the positive effects of SUP on our minds and bodies. For some people, however, this can truly be life changing.

SAN DIEGO, CA—New studies are showing the benefits of SUP and other water sports as a form of PTSD therapy. The SUP Veterans is an organization that gives veterans a chance to experience the real benefits of connecting with nature and finding camaraderie with others through SUP surfing. 

SUP For Veterans

For many of our military veterans, life never fully returns to normal—even years after active duty has ended. Thousands of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and they often have difficulty in maintaining the camaraderie that they forged with others who have shared their experiences. 

Several studies are currently investigating the mental health benefits of activities like SUP and surfing for people who suffer from PTSD and like disorders. Physical outdoor activity relieves stress and lifts the spirits; most of us can attest to the calming, grounding, and clarifying effects of the ocean, beach, sun, and exercise. The SUP Veterans organization has seen a number of cases where vets have found renewed peace, healing, and camaraderie through water sports.  

The SUP Vets RetreatPhoto via The SUP Vets

Giving Back To Those Who Served

The SUP Veterans holds the SUP 'n' Surf Vets Retreat to create an environment where camaraderie can be rekindled and veterans can be supported no matter where they are on their journey. The SUP Veterans partners with GenRation (GR) to offer vets a world class training environment where they can enjoy the ocean and water sports. With excellent accomodations in Punta de Mita, Mexico, participants can benefit from ocean therapy while being refreshed and having their energy rekindled.

The SUP Vets RetreatPhoto via The SUP Vets

Lend A Hand

The SUP Veterans' annual objective is to fund and support four retreats throughout the year, with ten active duty/veteran service members attending each retreat. With an average cost of $6,000 per participant, this amounts to $240,000 a year in required funding. You can contribute to the healing work of The SUP Veterans by donating HERE today.

For additional information, check out this interview with The SUP Veterans founder James "Bart" Bartelloni. 

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Last modified onThursday, 25 August 2022 12:13

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