Wounded warriors catch some waves at Oceanfront surf camp

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by Arrianee LeBeau, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 8:08 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - Dozens of wounded service members enjoyed the sun and caught some waves at the annual Wave Warrior Billabong Surf Camp at the Oceanfront Saturday. 

It may sound like just another day at the beach, but for wounded service members it was a day of healing.

“If you're out of the hospital, you're not in that formalized therapy.  This is kinda your therapy
for the day,” said Christopher Angone of Virginia Beach.

Nearly 40 amputee and wounded service members gathered with their families to forget their troubles and overcome an obstacle.

"When you go through a traumatic injury it puts you in a place where no one really wants to be,“ Brian Miller of Virginia Beach said.  

Angone said he was looking forward to trying something new.  "I'm hoping it's a little dangerous.  You miss that adrenaline from being deployed all the time,” said Angone.

For those who’ve done it before, it’s a time to bond with people who know what you’re going through. "The camaraderie, just to get out here and spend some time with your fellow soldier,” said Miller. 

Donavon Frankenreiter will put on a Wave Warriors Tribute Concert Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Neptune's Park on 31st Street.


 

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