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Army veteran paddling 3,500 miles to raise PTSD awareness

The Army veteran is traveling some 3,500 miles on a paddleboard to raise money for veterans like himself who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. (Photo source: WLOX) The Army veteran is traveling some 3,500 miles on a paddleboard to raise money for veterans like himself who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. (Photo source: WLOX)
Collins served 20 years in the Army, serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the special forces. (Photo source: WLOX) Collins served 20 years in the Army, serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the special forces. (Photo source: WLOX)
Collins is averaging about 32 miles a day on his paddleboard. (Photo source: WLOX) Collins is averaging about 32 miles a day on his paddleboard. (Photo source: WLOX)
He is accompanied by his wife, Tonia, who travels behind him in an RV. (Photo source: WLOX) He is accompanied by his wife, Tonia, who travels behind him in an RV. (Photo source: WLOX)
MISSISSIPPI SOUND (WLOX) -

Josh Collins is a man on a mission. The Army veteran is traveling some 3,500 miles on a paddleboard to raise money for veterans like himself who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

His goal is $22 million.

Josh began the trip on March 5, leaving from Corpus Christie, TX. He plans to make it to New York City by July 23. 

This morning, he took off from the beach in Hancock County near the Silver Slipper Casino. He is trying to reach Biloxi by tonight.

Collins is averaging about 32 miles a day on his paddleboard. He is accompanied by his wife, Tonia, who travels behind him in an RV.

He says his mission is very important, because some 22 veterans, twice the national average, commit suicide every day.

Collins served 20 years in the Army, serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the special forces. It was there that he suffered his own brain injuries.

Doug Walker spent the morning with Collins. Watch for the amazing story tonight on WLOX News Now and on WLOX.com.

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