Sgt. 1st Class Josh Collins served more than 20 years in Army special operations. However after this time served, the injuries that Collins sustained began to take a disastrous toll.
Collins was loaded up with prescriptions from his doctors and also dangerously self-medicated with alcohol.
In 2014 his life took a dark turn and he was hospitalized at a VA Rehabilitation Center for three months.
Collins admitted that his life and movement was in a constant state of vertigo. However the second he began to explore paddle boarding through a recreational therapy event, his world stood still and he could begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Collins continued his new hobby and started to piece his life back together.
However something was missing.
"I wanted to do something epic to raise awareness to show that with TBI and going through all the things that I went through and complete life crash, that someone can come back", Collins shared.
It was soon after this realization that he began his trek to stand-up paddleboard from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New York City.
At times the heat and danger during his trip can be more than unnerving but Collins desperately wants his journey to symbolize the struggle that veterans endure after service and combat.
All funds that are raised during his trip will be donated directly to Task Force Dagger Foundation which helped him endlessly during his rehabilitation.
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