Operation Phoenix

PADDLERS: Josh Collins

On March 1, Army Special Ops veteran Josh Collins launched Operation Phoenix: a 3,500-mile SUP expedition from Texas to the Statue of Liberty in effort to raise money and awareness for veterans. Completing the journey on July 23 and raising $183,000 in the process was the ultimate redemption for the man who, only two years ago, was falling victim to the perils of PTSD himself. Collins plans to continue his fundraising efforts next year with a round-the-world expedition via outrigger canoe