PTSD Awareness is Purpose for 480-mile Bike Ride

Ray Johnston, left, and George Tice.

Two Lee County residents held a press conference Monday, September 10 to announce their plans to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by cycling to Tallahassee. Over the course of 10 days, George Tice and Ray Johnston will pedal 480 miles to the state capital, stopping at local Red Cross chapters along the way. Tice and Johnston will donate proceeds from the ride to American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces programs, along with the Southeastern Guide Dogs “Paws for Patriots” program.

Tice is a former Army reservist who still battles PTSD symptoms after a helicopter crash during Operation Desert Storm over 20 years ago. Johnston is also a veteran and stated he has a nephew who suffers from PTSD. Tice and Johnston are hoping to draw crowds in cities along the way, helping to shine a light on a serious and growing issue facing thousands of military members and their families.

“We’re hoping enough vets will come out to be obvious in each town,” Johnston said.

The news conference was held at the American Legion Post 38 in downtown Fort Myers.

The “VETS 4 PTSD” ride will begin October 27.

For more information about the ride, visit http://www.vetsride4ptsd.us

For more information on American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, call 239-278-3401 or visit gulfcoastredcross.org.

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