Collins lost all hopes at some point. Just like the veterans who suffer from the same disorders and injuries, he thought that his career was a total failure. Nevertheless, in helping others he has found another path to victory. The mission of his trip and the Task Force Dagger Foundation is to collect at least twenty-two million dollars. With this money, vets from all the country would receive proper help for overcoming the tough reality after war.
Collins trip has taken him all over the east coast of the United States, and has called it “Operation Phoenix”, in reference of the mythological bird that rises from ashes after death. He started in Corpus Christi, Texas, and his destination is the New York City coast. He expects to arrive at the end of July, depending on weather and ocean conditions. After boarding across the Gulf Coast, Josh arrived in Miami this month for participating in the Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship at the Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark, one of the biggest events of paddle boarding in the whole world. His home city welcomed him with American flags and honored him with a proclamation. In addition, important donations were made to the Task Force Dagger Foundation
One of the harder task for Collins is to find equilibrium. After his hospitalization, he self-prescribed drugs and alcohol until he stopped thanks to doctors and family intervention. Also in his body: one of his injuries, in the inner ear, in the right eye and the spine, has caused difficulties for Josh to walk on dry ground. “Everything holds still when I’m on the water,” he said to the Miami Herald. Water is his new territory, where he finds his inner and physical balance.