Combat veterans in S.C. prepare for 175 Mile PTSD River Challenge

Help support the 175-mile PTSD River Challenge from Columbia to Charleston in April

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A group of combat veterans in South Carolina is preparing to take on one of the biggest challenges they have faced since coming back home from Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of conflict. The 175-mile PTSD River Challenge will take 22 combat veterans from all branches of the military on an eight-day kayak/canoe and camping journey through the state’s waterways from Columbia to Charleston April 17-24.

“Why 22? The answer is easy, we are doing this to bring attention to the fact that an average of 22 American combat veterans commit suicide every day,” said Bobby Farmer, a Vietnam Veteran who heads Project Josiah Ministry which is leading the event. “We want to support this particular group of South Carolina veterans through this physically demanding and inspirational river journey, but we also want the 175-mile PTSD River Challenge to remind all Americans to be ever vigilant about helping combat veterans adjust to everyday life.”

Farmer is the founder of Project Josiah Restoration Ministry in Columbia, which brings combat veterans together to strengthen and improve their lives. He initiated the challenge to align with a national campaign designed to bring awareness to the high rate of suicide among America’s combat veterans. The idea evolved into a collaborative effort which includes businesses, state and federal agencies, retailers and veterans’ motorcycle clubs. The challenge is also being supported by an assembly of volunteers ranging from a wilderness certified nurse practitioner, to amateur and HAM radio clubs who will be tracking and communicating the paddlers’ locations throughout the trip and who will be on standby should an emergency arise

See more at: The Citadel

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