After a three month hospitalization in 2014 for a major TBI/concussion (his 8th and 9th), it became Josh’s life goal to recover fully. “I refused to accept that life as I once had known it was over, and that I was to (according to the doctors instructions), Go home, be happy, and just live,” he says. I was on numerous meds, and that just ain’t living. I needed to break free, and also to give back to the community of folks that saved my life. In the process I might be able to make a comeback…. rise from the ashes… and born was Operation Phoenix – http://www.veteranvoyage360.com. Life’s Lowest Moment Battling PTSD and TBI… Josh Collins Paddles 3,500 Miles For Veterans.
Collins is paddle boarding along the coast from Corpus Christi, Texas to New York City. He wants to raise awareness for TBI Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Along the way he has a dozen different rally stops planned to get people engaged.
IN THE WORDS OF VETERAN JOSH COLLINS:
[As a survivor,] my mission is to encourage and inspire other vets – especially those who are facing down the challenge of living with and adapting to TBIs and PTSD. I want to raise awareness for the 22 veterans a day who commit suicide, while at the same time raise money for the “Task Force Dagger Foundation” – which supports veterans with TBI and PTSD.
I want these vets to know that there are alternative forms of treatment out there, and groups like Task Force Dagger are there for them and their families. To hell with the stigmas. People need to be aware that our [vets’] missions continue here at home – recovery is perhaps one of the hardest parts of job. Spreading awareness of the challenges we deal with day in and day out – and how hard we and our families work to beat those challenges down – is critical.
Josh credits “Task Force Dagger” for helping to save his life, saying the foundation provided for his family while he was hospitalized, and helped him find treatment options for traumatic brain injury that allowed him to stop his reliance on a cocktail of prescription drugs.
To the vets listening to this: the only person stopping you is you. Never be afraid to lean on your families, lean on your friends, and lean on folks who want to help – that’s where Task Force Dagger comes in. Their mission is to help you – wounded or ill – and to be there for your wives, husbands, children and parents. These guys are serious about giving their all to vets and families in need, and their track record speaks for itself.
Task Force Dagger will be raffling off 12 Limited Edition OPPHX Traveller boards made by paddle board company, BOTE. Please visit www.boteboard.com/opphx to purchase your ticket. The drawings for a board will be held for every 500 tickets sold. Raffle Tickets are $20. At the conclusion of the rally, there will be an opportunity to paddle with Josh and be a part of this amazing expedition, so bring your board.