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Fishing for PTSD

Organized by: ian cowley

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THE STORY:

Who am I?

I am an Army veteran diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD.  I am fiercely loyal to my fellow veterans reguardless of branch of service, length of service, or rank upon leaving service.  I served seven years in the Army as a Fire Support Specialist and deployed to Iraq in May of 2009. I was honorably discharged from service in 2014 with a medical retirement.

I am currently taking a couple of medications that help me cope with my symptoms. Some days the medications don't work as well as they should, and I have found that by going fishing for a few hours when the meds aren't working helps me cope with my symptoms better.

I am committed to helping my brothers and sisters in arms cope with their daily stuggles with PTSD and I want to extend the stress relief I get from fishing to them. I would also like to use fishing to build a support group for veterans in the Waco, Temple, and Killeen areas that cope with PTSD.

 

How do I plan to accomplish the mission I've set for myself?

My goal, is to buy a used fishing boat with the funds raised here, and use it to take veterans in the surrounding area that deal with the symptoms of PTSD to the lakes and rivers that are near us for a day of fishing.  Any additional money raised after the purchase of a fishing boat will be used to buy fishing gear so that veterans without their own gear may then have gear to call their own. 

Don't allow another verteran become a statisic!

Some numbers for thought:

The suicide rate among veterans is more than double that of the civillian population with 49,000 taking their own life between 2005 and 2011.

30 for every 100,000 compared to 14 per 100,000 on the civilian side.

Nearly one in every five suicides nationally is a veteran!

Every day 22 veterans take their own life.

Just this year alone that number is 4,862 veterans who have taken their own lives as of 09 September 2014.  

These are the former Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen that are being left behind, and in the Army I was taught that no man gets left behind.

Please, help me lower these numbers and donate to my cause.

Thank You,

Ian

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