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Military Combat Veterans Take Part In PTSD River Challenge

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–It’s a startling number. Lifetime occurrence of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans is estimated to be around 10 – 30%.

In the past year alone, the number of diagnosed cases in the military has jumped 50% – and that’s just diagnosed cases.

To raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder, the Columbia-based non-profit Project Josiah recently organized a PTSD River Challenge led by military combat veterans.

About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives. While it can happen to anyone, PTSD is a condition that affects many returning service men and women.

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As part of the event,  combat veterans paddled in kayaks and canoes from Columbia to the Charleston area over a 5-day period.

The PTSD River Challenge wrapped up at the BP Cooper River Rec Center in Huger where participants were greeted by supporting veterans organizations, community leaders and a representative of the Congressional Wounded Warrior Initiative.

Participants included approximately 25 paddlers and support crew, 35-40 motorcycle veterans and a variety of community and veteran leaders.

 

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Nikki Gaskins is an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than a decade of experience covering news. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in broadcast journalism.
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