PTSD Awareness Ride: Alaska to Argentina on a CB500X

Sep 12, 2016 View Comments by

Zachary Sherman

Iraq war veteran Zachary Sherman is riding his Honda CB500X from Alaska to Argentina to raise public awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and raise money for The Soldiers Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free mental health services to post-9/11 veterans.

Sherman’s route will wind 9,484 miles through North, Central, and South America.  He will be participating in awareness-raising events while in Seattle from September 13-14, in Sacramento September 23-26, and Los Angeles September 29-30.  In each city he will meet with Soldiers Project regional chapter directors and local therapists, who provide the free counseling services.  Some may even hop on their own bikes and accompany him for part of his journey.

After serving with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, Sherman was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Mismanaged medications led him to swear off care and enter a career in law enforcement, but his career was cut short by the effects of his untreated PTSD. After seeing six men from his former unit take their own lives, he overcame his own own depression with community support.

Sherman researched veteran service providers until he came across The Soldiers Project.  “The Soldiers Project provides free of charge counseling to post 9/11 service members, veterans, and their families. There isn’t a higher calling that I can think of,” he said.

According to the latest research from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 military veterans take their own lives every day in the U.S. Chapters of The Soldiers Project are located across the country, including SeattleSacramentoLos AngelesNew YorkChicago, and Houston. For more information or to get services, visit www.thesoldiersproject.org.

Sherman’s journey to Argentina started September 6, 2016. To learn more, visit www.crowdrise.com/expedition-recovery.

 

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