War Writers Campaign Kayak

 Donna Zephrine, Veteran

Donna Zephrine, Veteran

We began, 22 miles, from Bridgeport Connecticut and kayaked across the Long Island Sound.  The wind against my face, the sights and sounds of ducks dancing and fishes doing the moon walk across the green, blue, and black of the water was not only breath taking but also calmed my PTSD symptoms.  There was a burning sensations in my muscles made me feel alive. It was hurricane season and the water was choppier than it has ever been; the large waves made it difficult to push through. But we did it, not only for ourselves, but for those we were paddling for.

PTSD Awareness Challenge 22 mile nautical event gave me strength and showed me that anything is possible when people come together for a great cause.  During moments where I considered quitting I would hear others cheering me on and encouraging me to keep going.  It becomes more than just a kayak ride.  Kayaking 22 miles is symbolic of the current statistic stating that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. The biggest lesson I learned from this event is to never give up, always reach out to others, and that communication is great therapy.

If you’d like to donate to an organization that helps veterans please consider donating to the War Writes Campaign or the PTSD Awareness Challenge.