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 as he was making his way through Bay County Tuesday.

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 and who battle with 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 tonight before hitting the Apalachicola River.

If you want to following along on Collins' journey, you can find links to his website and Facebook page attached to this article.