Freedom Is Not Free hosted our fourth annual Little Warriors Surf Camp this year at the La Jolla Shores beach in San Diego, CA. With the help of our generous sponsors, this year we provided professional surf instruction to more than 100 children of local wounded and deployed soldiers! Each of the four sessions lasted two days.
We would like to thank the great folks at Wells Fargo, Quiksilver, and Surf Diva for making this year's surf camp a reality. With their support, we were once again able to offer the camp at no cost to the participating families!
In order to meet the growing demand for the camp, we rely on donations from individuals as well as corporate sponsors. Please consider donating to the camp by clicking here
Here's what parents have to say about the Little Warriors Surf Camp:
"Thank you for such a wonderful experience this summer :) My kids still talk about their time surfing and we have been out a couple more times with the board. More importantly, you made my kids feel special. We forget that they sacrifice for our country by having their parent deploy so often. My husband has deployed 3 times in the past 4 1/2 years."
"My kids loved playing on the beach before, during and after camp. La Jolla Shores is a super beach for beginners and is a great central location between Coronado all the way to San Clemente. Registration is easy via email and the timing worked our really well. After two days my guys were surfing backwards, pulling some yoga moves... and mastered their favorite... "The Dead Cockroach!" Hysterical!"
"My sincerest thank you for offering this program. My husband is in Afghanistan for 7 months and communication is spotty. It can be tough for a 7 & 9 year old to know what to say over the phone, but Surf Camp gave them plenty to chat about with him. In addition, it was a real treat for them. It's not something I could have provided for them so it was a burden lifted from me. Thank you for recognizing the sacrifices that military kids make and allowing them a true Southern California experience."
"We want to take this opportunity to thank you, your volunteers, and everyone at Freedom Is Not Free for the amazing Surf Camp you provided our children. In 22 years serving the USMC, I've never seen our children enjoy anything more. As you already know, military service is often rough on the kids, with absent parents, unpredictable schedules, and one parent left running "thin". Having an activity like this for the kids gives them something to look forward to, builds confidence, lets them relate to other military children, and shows them they matter and are not forgotten."
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Freedom Is Not Free is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families, and the families of the fallen. Freedom Is Not Free makes grants to Purple Heart recipients and their families to meet their immediate financial needs, including but not limited to, the expenses associated with medical care, travel, home modification, and paying bills. We support community projects and provide activities for wounded service members and their families.
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U.S. Troops Killed in OIF: 4,422
U.S. Troops Killed in OEF: 2,100
U.S. Wounded in Action: 50,407
As of 14 May 2013