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After years of nightmares, depression, and seizures, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane could see no way out of his trauma other than suicide. Then he met Van Curaza, a former big wave surfer who ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Bobby Lane Bobby Lane ... Himself
Van Curaza Van Curaza ... Himself
Martin Pollock Martin Pollock ... Himself
Mike Shurley Mike Shurley ... Himself
Sean Meyer Sean Meyer ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wallace J. Nichols ... Himself
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After years of nightmares, depression, and seizures, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane could see no way out of his trauma other than suicide. Then he met Van Curaza, a former big wave surfer who since founded Operation Surf and dedicated his life to helping veterans find solace in surfing. Backed by a growing body of research demonstrating the healing power of the ocean on the mind and body, organizations such as Operation Surf and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation are using surfing to help veterans cope with physical and mental trauma.

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What they lost in the war, they found in the waves.


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Perpetuates Stereotypes, Combat veterans actually commit sucide less than non veterans
2 September 2017 | by VoyagerMN1986See all my reviews

I do appreciate the look into the few combat veterans who have PTSD

That said at several points in the short film there is the assertion that combat veterans commit suicide at higher rates. Facts: 1) Same age, income, education level civilian non veteran population commits suicide at the SAME rate their equivalent demographic cohort demographic combat veterans 2) Combat veterans commit suicide at lower rates than veterans who have never seen in combat.

Counter intuitive? Maybe. But a dozen peer reviewed studies show this and non refute it.

Why? Because during times of more military recruitment a larger number of candidates who have extremely poor employment chances, or borderline extant mental illness are inducted.

Those people are usually detected and flagged, never serve in combat and encouraged to leave early while keeping a honorable discharge, but are still the "veteran" demographic. They constitute the entire elevation in rates.

Studies in the Uk have shown the same thing.

Also if you careful control for gender, education level, employment status, combat veterans commit less violent crime, less murder and less spousal abuse than identical demographic cohorts in the civilian population.

As a combat veteran myself, I strongly support attention to the fact that non combat veterans, typically persons with 12 months or less of service commit suicide and other forms of violence because of circumstances and conditions that preceded their enlistment.

But perpetuating stereotypes about combat veterans does a disservice to everyone. They do NOT harm themselves or others at rates higher than their same demographic non veteran population.


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