Walk for a Veteran Inc was established in 2020 as an official registered charity. However the charity has been born from the annual Walk for a Veteran with PTSD event which began in 2016. Three friends; current and ex serving ADF members, decided to walk 41km to raise funds for Operation K9 at the time being a joint program between RSL SA and Royal Society for the Blind (RSB), and raising awareness for mental health issues experienced by veterans.
The first Walk for a Veteran with PTSD raised $6,000 with support from the Henley and Grange RSL and Largs Bay RSL. The event grew to 50 people in it's second year, then 300 and 375 people in the subsequent years with the addition of our emergency services. In 2020 we raised a total of $74,000 donated to 4 charities (2 veterans and 2 emergency services). 2020 saw a move to the Adelaide Hills from the Adelaide Beaches to support these effected by the 2019 Cuddlee Creek bushfires.
In 2021 we are staying in the Adelaide Hills and have set a fundraising goal of $120,000. We are hoping to engage more veteran and emergency services personnel owned suppliers for the 2021 event.
Our new committee is excited about the positive impact Walk for a Veteran Inc can have on the veteran and emergency services community.
As a community we respect and support ALL those who are willing to put the security and wellbeing of their community, before their own.
To assist with improving the physical and mental health of emergency services and military veterans in Australia
Facilitate emergency services and military veterans connecting and developing networks
Providing opportunities for emergency services and military veterans to assist in need communities across Australia
To establish a Walk for a Veteran with PTSD in every state and territory in Australia.
Within 5 years to raise $500,000 per year across Australia to support new and existing physical and mental health support programs for emergency services and military veterans and their families.
General public that attend Walk for a Veteran Inc events will have a far greater understanding of the mental and physical health issues that face emergency services and military veterans.
Emergency services and military veterans that are directly or indirectly connected with Walk for a Veteran Inc. will experience less isolation and mental health concerns, and are leading more physical and healthier lives.