Veteran paddleboarding to Statue of Liberty making stop at Wrightsville Beach

Veteran paddleboarding to Statue of Liberty making stop at Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A former Army Special Operations Delta Force Operator and Army Ranger is stopping in Wrightsville Beach during a patriotic and meaningful trip.

Josh Collins is paddling 3,500 miles on a Stand-Up Paddle Board, raising awareness about the high suicide rate of members of the service.

His journey started in Corpus Christi, Texas. It will end at the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Collins will stop at SUP Wrightsville on Saturday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m., where his supporters will hold a rally for him.

According to a press release about his voyage, 22 veterans a day commit suicide.

Collins is raising money for the Task Force Dagger Foundation, an organization Collins credits with saving his life, after he suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries.

The foundation supports veterans with TBI and PTSD.

Collins hopes to eventually complete a journey around the world.

You can follow his progress here: https://www.facebook.com/veteranvoyage360/

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