Cpl. Ploetz is a
combat veteran and began his journey on May 19th from Lake Itasca in Minnesota. His overall
journey, totaling 2,350 miles over 64 days in a one-man canoe, is part of Josh’s ongoing effort to
address his combat related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cpl. Ploetz has named his
journey, “Paddle Off the War.”
On Monday, July 14th, Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, along with Memphis Navy League Council members led by President Charles Beech, welcomed Joshua at 3:00 p.m. on the north side of the new
Beale Street Landing facility in downtown Memphis.
Cpl. Ploetz served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Regiment as a machine
gunner. He is committed to conquering the hidden war which rages within him and many
veterans returning from conflicts around the world.
Joshua would like to promote PTSD awareness and the mission of the Baton which he is carrying
in his canoe from Lake Itasca to Venice, LA, by raising money to support fellow wounded
warriors and sufferers of PTSD. His route can be found on the Allied Forces Foundation
website, and he asks that you visit the site and support him and his cause. All funds raised will go to support fellow wounded warriors and sufferers of PTSD here in the USA.
Navy League Memphis presented Joshua with a check for $1000.00, donated by council members, during his stop in Memphis.
Visit the website to donate HERE