Wounded Soldiers Heal -- Via Surfing in Santa Cruz

Operation Surf helping soldiers thrive via the healing waters.

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    Military veterans aren't quite getting barreled on their first days out on the water, but amputees and other wounded military veterans are healing via Operation Surf's teaching program.

    A group of wounded warriors are hitting the waves.

    Surfing in Santa Cruz has been a path to healing for military veterans from around the world, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

    Eric Lund of Michigan is missing both of his hands and lower arms, but the rehabbbing soldier still hit the waves this week with Operation Surf.

    Eight veterans came in from Brooke Army Medical Center from Fort Sam Houston in Texas -- and two others came all the way from England.

    Operation Surf is an offshoot of San Luis Obispo-based Amazing Surf Adventures. An instructor is paired with a recovering veteran for the entire week, sharing everything from meals to time in the water.

    And "despite multiple veterans being amputees," they managed to do handstands "and other tricks" in the water at Cowell Beach.

    Well-wishers can visit the veterans and say goodbye at their farewell dinner on Thursday at Pono Hawaiian Grill, 120 Union Street. Be there at 7:30 p.m.