In 2019 as we approach 101 years since the guns on the Western Front fell silent, Australia's
Contemporary Veterans find themselves facing similar challenges as those who served before them.
With many contemporary returned servicemen and women experiencing difficulty when active service
All too often it is the physical and psychological trauma experienced during service that becomes a
barrier to gaining employment, not just in the eyes of the veteran, but in the eyes of potential employers.
The resulting loss of purpose, identity and self-worth leads to withdrawal and social isolation which all
to often results in decreased mental and physical health and well-being.
Successful transition from service life to life as a civilian is often made more difficult due to poor
understanding of the valuable skills, knowledge and attitudes that veterans bring with them from their
time in the military.
Running the 350km route as an Ultra-Marathon over the course of 7-days, we aim to provide members
of the Veteran community the opportunity to learn more about Australia’s rich Military Heritage, share
their lived experiences with other Veterans, First Responders, their Families and the broader community
helping to decrease social isolation, creating a sense of self-worth, identity, passion and purpose.