Tice and Johnston hope to encourage more aid for soldiers who suffer from PTSD. Presently, there are minimal resources and volunteers available to help those suffering from this widespread illness. They plan to meet with active duty family members, veterans and the public along the way to Tallahassee. “Currently, 1 out of 8 soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan show signs of having PTSD, and every 24 hours or less a military person will take his or her own life. It is vital for veterans in crisis who call the suicide crisis line to get the help they need and not be left on hold,” says Tice.
Tice and Johnston would like to see some changes when military veterans call the crisis line. They would like to see boots on the ground and a response team that will meet with the distressed veteran face to face within a 3-hour time frame. “It’s a lot easier for a veteran to talk about their problems with someone face to face,” says Tice.
Tice and Johnston have received the backing of many influential leaders including Congressional Candidate Trey Radel, Representative Matt Caldwell, and Commissioner John Manning. A cameraman from Pineapple Productions has committed to riding along, and videotaping the entire 480-mile ride to our state capital.
Tice and Johnston are hosting a raffle to raise funds for Vets Ride 4 PTSD. Every twenty dollar donation buys three chances to win a $1,000 Gift Certificate to the Diamond District, or one of two one-night stays at the Sandpiper Gulf Resort in Fort Myers Beach valued at over $500. The Veterans have been invited to attend three upcoming Everblades Hockey Games to raise funds and awareness for Vets Ride 4 PTSD. The games are Friday, October 12th, Saturday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 19th. Tickets are $15 through the Vets and include a $5 donation to the ride. To order tickets, contact George Tice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to help fund Vets Ride 4 PTSD, with remaining proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Veterans Outreach Program and Southeastern Guide Dogs that provide service dogs for veterans with PTSD. To make a donation, visit VetsRide4PTSD.us and click the ‘Donate’ button or visit any Fifth Third Bank and mention you would like to make a donation to the memorial account for Vets Ride 4 PTSD. For more information visit VetsRide4PTSD.us or call (239) 738-0601.