BENEFITING: SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2018
TOR-RENT (n): - A fast-moving and overwhelming stream or flood of water. A sudden, violent, and copious outpouring of something (typically words or emotion).
Every soldier leaves the military (and combat) with the notion of continuing life with the same passion, work ethic, and values that drove them to serve this Nation to begin with. Often, the torrent of life events that occur after separation from the military and mission can feel just like the roughest seas, harshest storms, and darkest night on the open water. Alone. This has been Josh's journey to conquer these challenges. Regardless of how tough it gets, we are never really alone!
Josh is raising money for the non profit organizations most responsible for his prolonged and continued recovery from TBI and PTS. Last year Josh completed Operation PHOENIX for the Task Force Dagger Foundation and paddling over 2600 miles over 5 months from Texas to the Statue of Liberty NYC (video).
His journey continues with Operation TORRENT (R2AK 2018), and the Veteran Voyage 360 will culminate in 2020 with the first solo Global Row by Ocean Rowboat across three oceans and over 25,000 miles. That journey is expected to take 18 months at sea, and he has promised his wife Tonia, that it will be his final endeavor like this.
Operation TORRENT will be complete when Josh Collins and race-partner Mike Simpson attempt the first SUP completion of the R2AK - Race to Alaska 2018. This is 750 miles of open water from Port Townsend Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska, and is some of the most treacherous waters for small craft along the Pacific Coast. Though attempted, it has never been completed by Stand Up Paddleboard! Three smaller “training” missions will be completed in 2017: the Everglades Challenge (300 miles), the Blackbeard Challenge/Pamlico Sound, NC (300 miler), and the Minnesota Voyageurs Challenge (250 miles) to test his cold weather skills.
A full length documentary, of "Operation Torrent" has begun, to document this journey, and to tell the story of post combat recovery.
One mission of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is to provide immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.
To learn more about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation please visit their website at http://specialops.org.