Joe was born in Lancaster, CA. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and completed basic training and then deployed to Iraq.
On June 16, 2007, Joe lost both of his legs to an explosion while on patrol. Joe was just 19 years old at the time he was wounded.
After being evacuated from the battlefield, Joe began his rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Within a year of losing his legs, Joe began surfing as a way to increase his level of fitness and remain active. The remarkable progress that Joe made through surfing was immediately recognized by Naval Hospital staff and as a result Joe’s caregiver team made surfing an official part of his rehabilitation.
Joe is now a regular participant in the weekly Balboa Warrior Athlete Program surf clinic that was co-founded by CAF Operation Rebound in 2008.
“CAF changed my life.” –Joe Serino
Your generosity and support gives Joe the opportunity to surf for a lifetime.
How Does Operation Rebound Help?
Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have served honorably and have suffered permanent physical injuries. Grants are awarded for event travel, lodging, entry fees, training and equipment.
How Can You Help?
Make a tax-deductible contribution to Challenged Athletes, Inc., (dba Challenged Athletes Foundation) a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization. To make a donation, please call (858) 866-0959, send a check to the address listed below, or make a secure payment through our website: www.challengedathletes.org.