Peace House manager Feriha Ka told the Post that the man who had the overnight shift was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and returned to the Peace House in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Post did a profile earlier this year of the iconic caretaker of vigil, Conceptcion Picciotto, 77, who has helped maintain the protest since the 1980s.
When seeking volunteers to help retrieve the camp, the Peace House said the vigil is an important part of the landscape while the United States debates military action in Syria.
“The Peace Vigil has been in front of the White House for 32 years. As Congress, Senate, and the President talk about an impeding war with Syria, as US drones kill civilians every day, as violent conflict goes on all over the world, I feel the Peace Vigil is as important as ever,” the group said in a Facebook post Thursday. “In this situation, anything helps- even simply sharing this status.”