HARTFORD — A group dedicated to raising awareness for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will be at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Saturday, May 23, to create a fundraising video.
Linas Grybinas and his local chapter of Climb for PTSD will carry veterans up the tower’s 262 steps at 10 a.m. This activity will be filmed and posted on YouTube to raise funds for PTSD treatment. According to the National Institutes of Health, 7.7 million Americans either directly suffer from PTSD or affect others by their PTSD. Grybinas and Climb for PTSD hope to raise awareness of this issue.
“We want to show everyone who is affected by PTSD that they are not alone and that they are extremely courageous and strong, contrary to the overwhelming stigma that PTSD is a sign of weakness,” Grybinas said. “We want to symbolically help shoulder this burden by carrying a veteran suffering from PTSD up the steps of the Confluence Tower.”
Climb for PTSD seeks donations for every stair climbed to help and honor veterans for their service to the nation. Donations are used to help treat veterans and assist their families.
Climb for PTSD holds monthly climbs. In April the group held a climb at Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville. Videos are made of each event documenting the climb and sharing the story of the courageous veteran who volunteered to be carried by Grybinas.
For information, visit www.crowdrise.com/ClimbforPostTraumaticStress/fundraiser/linasgrybinas or https://www.facebook.com/ClimbforPTSD.