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by Josh Collins

THANK YOU!

2016 is a year of endeavor. This year I’ll be daring to live again, and in a way that’s bigger than me. I want to say thanks to all my friends and family. In speaking with the CEO of a great company and now one of our sponsors this past week, she commented...

Soldier’s brain damage similar to football players

This is very frustrating for me. Little is being studied (or has turned to molasses). Dead in the water! Please join me. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, and I’ve never believed it. On the contrary, the more concussions I experienced, the more difficultly I had...

Hard Rock Charlie

Introducing Hard Rock Charlie everyone! Charlie is 7 weeks now and has been identified as my new Service Dog. He will be trained to alert for seizures and assist with balance. He is a Golden Doodle from a breeder in Illinois, and will be trained by Alex Tutterrow of...

I Paddle

I am paddling 3,500 miles over 4 months (Mar-Jul 2016) from South Texas along the Gulf Coast, around Key West, FL, and finishing under the Statue of Liberty NYC! My mission is to raise $22,000,000 for the Task Force Dagger Foundation for the purpose of: 1. That 7,500...

CTE – THERE, I SAID IT – CTE!

“Sharing symptoms with PTSD, patients who died with CTE have been described to present with poor concentration and memory, irritability, depression, and suicidality.” THERE, I SAID IT – CTE! Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – It seems that it...

It’s very Troubling

  And, as one who has been personally confronted with this line of thinking from a few (minority of the VA Doctor population) VA Doctors, it’s beyond troubling. The problem is that we may know more about the surface of Mars today than the human brain. We just...

FOX – AMERICAS NEWS HQ (SAT NOV 28, 2016)

GIVING BACK – AS PART OF MY RECOVERY, I FELT THE NEED TO DO SOMETHING….VETERAN VOYAGE 360 On March 5th I launch on a 4 month long Stand up Paddleboard world distance record of 3500 miles to raise awareness and resources for Veteran TBI and PTSD treatment. This is part...

How a Rubiks Cube Helps with Traumatic Brain Injury

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I began working with a Rubik’s Cube about 18 months ago while in the James A Haley VA Polytrauma Unit for TBI. It took months, but I memorized the algorithms and hand movements and like a cool parlor trick i became fast enough to...

The Blackbeard Challenge | Success!

Hi ALL! The 2015 NC Blackbeard Challenge is in the books with a record setting Single’s win in 4 days 11 hours 2 minutes (307 miles). I pushed the boat pretty hard, but these Hobie Island Mirage’s are tough considering there were small craft advisories...

Josh’s Second Video Blog Entry | Functional Insanity

V2/360 #1 Functional Insanity Veteran Voyage 360 is my journey. Its a journey to find answers. In the process, its a journey I share with you and hopefully to benefit others struggling through the complex waters of TBI Josh’s First Video...

Are we doing enough for TBI and PTSD for VETs?

I believe we can do better as a Nation in caring for our combat Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the many interrelated and complex Polytrama injuries/wounds. And, that this is key in combating the current...

Two reasons why I row…

I paddle/row for 2 reasons. First, its what keeps me connected and finding my way home. Second, for those who can’t. TOGETHER is a powerful...

BOTE Paddle Boards Gets Behind VV360

BOTE is a lifestyle company and I live and love the life. I’m working with them every day now on the National project announcement on Fox News HQ (28 Nov) with Leland and Shannon. BOTE has such an amazing super team and are blowing my mind with the ideas and...

Dare to live…

Dare to Live When I was eleven, I dared to run 26 miles on a chilly January morning because I was compelled to live in a way bigger than I had ever known. In January of 2017, I will dare to row 26,000 miles because I am compelled to live bigger than I have ever known....

Neurofeedback for treating TBI and PTSD

Neurofeedback is “a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function.” If we have the ability to “SEE” what our thoughts are doing, and in...
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