It’s becoming increasingly accepted that our brave men and women in uniform suffer more than just physical injuries in battle. Many of them come home and struggle with the trauma they experienced overseas. But many of them suffer in silence, as not everyone in our society understands what they are going through.
Four veterans sought to change that. They are determined to raise awareness of the kind of struggles veterans face on a daily basis. They wanted Americans to understand PTSD and be willing to offer support to those who need it. So, what are they going to do to draw attention to this cause? Something truly remarkable.
From Fox News:
Four veterans from Florida are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise awareness for PTSD and veteran suicide while raising money for our country’s heroes who face mental health challenges.
The veterans from the Fernandina Beach-based rowers group make up Foar From Home – a support platform and community which has so far raised more than $727,000. The money goes to help vets struggling with PTSD, identity issues, housing accessibility and cognitive disorders.
Four veterans from Foar From Home, a rowers group, will be rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in support of veterans who are struggling. The amazing feat will do more than just raise awareness. They will be raising money to help veterans who face PTSD, identity issues, making an income, and other mental problems.
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For a long time, our government did little to support our veterans. The VA was often exposed for squandering money and neglecting our former soldiers. Much of that has changed over the years. In fact, it was President Donald Trump who pushed for serious reforms and secured improvements in the VA, which would help veterans acquire the treatment they needed.
Much more can be done, though. And this team, including Billy Cimino of the U.S. Army, Cameron Hansen of the U.S. Air Force, A.M. ‘Hupp’ Huppman, U.S. Navy, and Paul Lore, U.S. Marines, have taken on a huge challenge. As of January 10, they have spent 29 days at sea, rowing 1,608 miles with 1,240 to go.
They hope to reach their destination, Antigua, by the end of this month. As support for their mission surged, they had new opportunities to help veterans. Part of what they aim to do is to build a “mega-kennel” that will train service dogs for veterans. These kinds of dogs are key in the therapy used to help veterans.