Army veteran seeks to set record, raise awareness for veteran PTSD

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- An Army veteran is looking to do something that he says has never been done before and Tuesday he made his way through Bay County, Florida.

Former Army Delta Force Officer Josh Collins is in the middle of his journey to set the Guinness World Record for "longest journey by stand up paddleboard."

A month ago, Collins started his voyage from the southeast coast of Texas and is now working his way around the Gulf of Mexico before he goes up the east coast.

Collins is doing this to raise awareness for veterans who battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries.

"The response from folks along the way has been absolutely amazing; from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, folks have let me know that they're supporting," explained Collins. "That was fun, but the response has been absolutely great."

Collins went on to say, "There's quite a few veterans that have come out and they've let me know that this means a lot and how much it means to them and they're willing to support. It's a tearjerker sometimes when you meet some of those guys along the way that say this means so much to them."

Collins stopped at the Dupont Bridge Tuesday evening and stayed the night at Tyndall Air Force Base before hitting the Apalachicola River.

If you want to follow along on Collins' journey, you can find links to his website and Facebook page in the Related Links section of this article.

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