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Our nation is in the midst of its longest period of sustained military conflict in its history – almost 20 years. This has involved the deployment of more than 75,000 Australian Defence personnel across the globe, primarily in the Middle East region. 

Mental well-being may be affected by military service in the Australian Defence Force and it is estimated that about 48,000 veterans have a service-related mental health condition.  One of the biggest single accepted health issue among Afghanistan veterans is PTSD. 

 

Don't forget you can Volunteer if donating is not possible.

 

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DefenceCare is a charity and not-for-profit organisation helping current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis. DefenceCare is proudly part of the Returned Services League.  Serving in the Army, Navy or Air Force can have a significant impact on health, well-being and quality of life. 

DefenceCare is a leader in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression treatment.

www.defencecare.org.au

 

 

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St John of God Trauma and Mental Health Research Initiative

St John of God Richmond Hospital is a private psychiatric hospital northwest of Sydney providing comprehensive and holistic mental health care services.

Treating veterans with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health disorders.  Working with Veteran for over 20 years we created the Xavier Unit in 2005 dedicated for veterans with PTSD and first responders. 

They support and collaboration with organisations including; Australian Defence Forces, Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Veterans Association, NSW Police Service and NSW Ambulance. 

www.sjog.org.au/hospitals/richmond_hospital.aspx

 

 

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Bravery Trust formerly known as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Assistance Trust, provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, who have suffered injury or illness as a result of their service. The inaugural Chairman, Dr Ken Michael AC, former Governor of WA and Chancellor of the University of WA, established a dedicated and influential group of Board of Director trustees. 

 "For many, arriving home can signal the beginning of a longer, more isolated journey for personnel and their families." - Bravery Trust Patron-in-Chief Sir Peter Cosgrove

https://braverytrust.org.au

 

Donors

The team at the Long Ride Home would like to thank the following donors:

A WINES 
ADAGOLD AVIATION
ADAM WEIR & JOHN HARRIS 
ADC
ADC ANTHONY BOYD (2ND DONATION)
ALAN BENNETT
ALBERT HELLWEG
ALICE
ALLAN GALLEGOS
ALPHA SCREENS
AME SYSTEMS
ANASINA GRAY-BARBERIO
ANDREW MULHOLLAND
ANDY BARATON
ANTHONY BARBER 
ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATION COUNCIL VETERANS SA
APAC ASSISTANCE
ARARAT RSL VIC
ATHOL SNEDDEN
AUDETTE EXEL
BAD SHEPHERD BREWING
BALSARINI MARK 
BARRY RONALD
BELINDA MASTERS
BERESFORD-PEIRSE FAMILY DONATION
BERIS & PAUL BIDGOOD
BEVAN AND KOA JAENSCH
BILL GLENWRIGHT
BINDING NOMINE ES VIC BINDING
BORDERTOWN SUB BRANCH RSL
BRENTON LEWIS - MAYOR
BRIAN BRODERICK
BRIAN KELLY
BRIAN NORTHEAST
BRIAN RICHARDSON
BRIDGETTE - PORT AUGUSTA
C PALMER 
CAE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
CAMERON GRANT
CARMEL SHERVINGTON & JOCK ANDERSON
CARNES SISTER
CAROLINE & JUDD
CASTLE HILL RSL
CBT
CHRIS & USCHI JOHNSON
CHRIS BOUNSALL
CHRISTOPHER BRAMHILL
CRAIGE BOWSHIER - PORT AUGUSTA
CUSTOMS AGENCY SERVICES (MARK CALLUS)
DARREL NELSON
DARYL SMITHWICK
DAVE MCLELLAND
DAVE STANFORD
DAVID MCCAMLEY
DAVID PROCOPIS
DAVID WEYMOUTH
DAVID WISKAR
DENNIS ELLIOT DIMBOOLA
DESLEY LAING
DI RUTLEDGE
DI WHITE
DIEDRE AND ROY SMITH
DIRECT CREDIT POLICE BANK LT D
DISTRICT COUNCIL OF KIMBA
DOUG KNOWLES
DUTCHY - REUNION GROUP
EDITH ROBERTSON
ELIZABETH LAYT
EX 2 CDO COY
FAYE COX
FIONA BROWN
FLEET AIR ARM (W FLEET AIR ARM(W.A)
FRANK BONHAM
FUNG RODGERS
GARY
GARY MYORS
GEORGE OESCH
GLEN POWER
GLEN WEIR
GRAEME COLEMAN
GRAHAM & SHIRLEY SNOOK
GREG JACK
GREG MCLEAN
GREG TATUM
HAULMARK TRAILERS
HAYDEN FISHER
HENRY FUEL CARD
HENRY NHILL CALTEX
HOOLEY
IAIN LOCKYER 
IAN SWINBOURNE 
IAN YOUNG
INVERELL RSL SUB BRANCH 
J W & E M MATTEN
JACKIE WENNER
JACQUI ABBOTT
JADE
JAMES SMITHERS
JANINE HAYES
JEFF BEACH
JEFF LEITH
JENNIFER
JENNY & ROB HORSTMAN
JILL WYLIE
JOH PERRY
JOHN & JAN TRACEY
JOHN (KUMARACHA)
JOHN BREMNER
JOHN DUPEROUZEL
JOHN GODWIN 
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JOHN LAWTON
JOHN MCLAINE
JOHN TRACEY
JOHN/ANNE ESPERANCE
JUDY GALLEGOS
JULES WHITEWAY
JULIE DRIVER (MAINSTREET BAKHOUSE CLARE)
KAREN BERG
KAREN TOFT
KAYE MCCLURE-L EC N LECKIE BALLARAT
KERRY & TONY VELLA
KERRY & TRISH LAMPARD (CLARE)
KERRY PORTER
KEVIN & DIANNA HEWITT 
KIM HARDWICK
KONSTANTIN KVATCH
KURTIS POLUME
LAURIE & HEATHER 
LEANNE POTTER
LEIGH COLLINS
LEN
LEN EX NAVY
LIONS OF TININTARA
LIZ JONES & TOM
LOCKFORCE
LOCKFORCE 
LORRAINE LARMENT
LOU RYAN
LOUISE KENT
LOWEN LODGE FREEMASONS
LOZZ HOLDING
LUKE THOMAS - BEYOND BLUE
LYN AUSTIN
LYNE & GLENN FRASER
LYNN AUSTIN
M J FLIGHT & S F DONATION MJ FLIGHT
M PUDNEY
M S HARDY
M WASSENARA
MALCOLM HENMAN
MARGARET
MARGARET & MICK
MARGARET AND MICK
MARGARET MACKENZIE
MARIE BROADFORD
MARK & STEPH SAYER
MARK HARDY
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MARYKE
MATT NORCOTT
MAXINE SANTICH
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MERE-HAM RSL
MERLE OATES
MICHAEL JEFFERY
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MICK MALONE
MIKE DEAKIN
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MIKE NOTTINGHAM
MIRANDA SUB BRANCH RSL
MJ MALONE
MR HAYDEN FISHER 
MRS BRIDLE
MT EVELYN RSL
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NHILL LIONS
NHILL ROTARY
NHILL RSL
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NORM MOROWSKI
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PAULA RAWORTH
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PETE RALPH
PETER FROM FERNTREE GULLY
PETER INGRAM
PETER JENKINS
PETER TINLEY MLA
PETRA & MARK HAY
PORT PIRIE RSL
RACQUEL RAE
RAFFLE
RALPH DENTON CEDUNA
RAY HUNT
RAY PEARCE
RAYDIANE OYSTER BAY
RAYMOND GALVIN
RED ACB!
REN & SYLVIA
RETRAVISIONNARROGIN
RICHARD STONE
ROBIN & SPENCERFAULKNER
ROBIN MCBRIDE
RODUS ADAM
RON 
RON FOSSEN
ROSANNA HOSKIN
ROSIE HENDERSON
ROY PERRON
RSL  MURRAY BRIDGE
RSL BALGOWLAH-SEAFORTH-CLONTARF
RSL BATEMANS BAY
RSL BEGA
RSL FINLEY SUB BRANCH
RSL NARROMINE
RSL NOWRA
RSL NYNGAN
RSL SMITHFIELD SU B DONATION
RUPERT HORN
RUTH CONNORS
RYAN SMITH
S&G SNOOK
SALLY KING
SAS ASSOCIATION (SA BRANCH)
SCOTT BUCHANAN
SCOTT MARDEN
SEND OFF SOUTH PERTH
SLAM DUNCAN
STEVE JOY
STEVE UHRANE 
STEVEN SINGER
SUA AND JESS
SUE & BERNIE KELLY
SUE (CLARE)
SUE WALKER
TED EDWARD G MCEVOY
TERENCE BARKER
TERRY BARKER
THE SAVAGES
THE SMITHS
THEO THOMAS
THOMAS GOLDER
TIM FOOTER
TIM STEVENS
TINTINARA LIONS CLUB
TOM & NAOMI GALLAGHER
TONY DALE
TONY LOVE-LINAY
TONY SHEP
TOUKLEY RSL
TRACEY CULLEN
TREV/LEE CASTLEMAINE
TWO WELLS RSL
VIC BALFOUR
VIC BINDING
VICKI SIMPSON
VICTORIA QUINTON
WA ASASA
WALKERS
WARREN WARD
WARWICK CARNES
WENDY AVERY
WILLIAM TH CROWE
WIMMERA VIETNM VETERANS

WORDS CEDUNA

DR BRUCE HORSFIELD

BOWRAL RSL CLUB

   

 

... and many more anonymous donors, thank you.

 

Messages

An outstanding achievement from a dedicated veteran,who has done us all proud. If there was one deserved nomination for Australian of the Year 2017,someone should nominate this Fine,Selfless Veteran, Achiever and Ambassador for All Defence Force Veterans who struggle everyday to "see the next SunRise"!

Lionel Raines

 

Men like Truck inspire RSL's all over Oz to keep supporting causes like this! You are doing a great job Truck. Keep it up.

Murray Bridge RSL SA.

 

Congratulations Truck on completion of your ride.
And thank you for all that have done and are doing to raise awareness of PTSD.
It was an honour and privilege to have met you on your journey and my wife Ruby & l hope to meet you again one day.
Ralph Blewitt

Good on you Truck. It was an honour to meet you on Friday at Government House. Your story and commitment to your fellow servicemen is truly inspirational. All the best for your final leg. See you in Sydney.

 

Mate, what a bloody legend, very proud to call you a friend.

Gary Myors

 

So proud to a friend of such a legend, very well done Truck on reaching Canberra. I listened to Jeff Kennett's speech and agreed with everything he said. All the best for the final stage to Sydney.

Kim Taylor

 

Well done Truck, an absolute legend. Stay safe.

Mark Myers

 

Trucker... Many thanks for taking the time to send HB messages, it means a lot that so many people have taken the time especially you. I trust all is going well and that 'the band of brothers' are still supporting you in your epic adventure - you're a true 'Blade' mate. Take care.

Nick Martin UK

 

Well done and congratulations.

Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

 

Congratulaions Truck. You're a true veteran and friend of veterans.

Frank Benfield

 

Just the other day I discovered "The Long Ride Home" site. Bloody awesome, it kept me glued to the machine for more hours than ever before. We must get together sometime to compare notes on the ride as reading your blog brought back memories,mostly good,some bad,of my own time in Vietnam,both with the mob of trained soldiers,and those wonderful days of  pushing pedals through the padi. So!! Seriously i admire what you are doing and wish you the best of good luck and "Selamat Jalan" for Malaysia .

Brian 'Ned' Kelly

 

Dear all, It was a real privilege meeting you in Saigon and VungTau.
I know many of you took lots of photos, I though I sharesome of the better shots that I have.
If you ever come to Darwin, please look us up.
Cheers

Fung

 

Hi Laurie. It was nice meeting you on the road today. Looks like you have been up to some epic stuff! Thanks for the inspiration. All the best with your current and future goals.

Mark Gresser

 

Nice one and best of wishes with the ride Truck. Cheers

Andy Mulholland

 

Hello and good luck for the journey. There should be a modest donation from me come through in the next few days. I spend a lot of time online talking to Paul Horner, a former policeman who wrote a book about police and PTSD. There are a great many people including police and veterans with PTSD and it's worth trying to stop more suicides.

V. Quinton 

 

Great history, keep up good work. Safe riding chippy

Garry Chippindall

 

Still looking good there Truck....keep on peddlin

Peter Plonk Wines

 

Thanks Laurie Sams - each post is so different. Saying goodbye to such a great and supportive team-mate after 2000 km must have been quite a wrench. Helps us relate to the distance you are riding, the people who have worked with you and the friendships you have built. and had to move on from. It's an amazing journey Truck.

Di Rutledge 

 

Its been fascinating to be involved with we have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you all and Truck is inspirational.
Ruth Spence

 

I am so pleased Truck, that you visited The Kranji War cemetry for a service. It is beautifully maintained and is a very peaceful and tranquil environment, a credit to the Singaporeans for tending it as they do. I took my son and daughter in law in Nov 2014 to pay our respects to my wife's Uncle known as Little Jack, a 23 yo A/Sqn Ldr named John Marshall Pizzey, 1 Sqn RAAF out of Palembang, MIA believed shot down in a Hudson bomber, off the Banga Islands on 14 February 1942. We found his name on the Singapore Memorial within the Kranji Cemetery, and held our own service and saluted him for his sacrifice on the behalf of many others who who suffered a similar fate. Thank you, Chum, for reminding me of this as well as all else you have done and continue to do on the on this epic journey.  Best wishes. 
Robin McBride

 

Hi Laurie, been thinking of you with all this terrible weather... hopefully the worst is over and you will soon be at your destination! You are amazing taking this on and doing an awesome job.
Jacquie Early

 

Toughest sport in the world bike riding.  Look at all the major tours.......they crash, lose skin, bad weather (even snow).  Every rider has a bad day.  In the end it's all about finishing.  Don't let a couple of bad days define the whole journey.  Eventually the wind will be at your back and away you go.........big easy miles.  Keep at it Truck, every pedal stroke is closer to home.  Just remember when on the bike stay hydrated and eat little and often. When off the bike never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down.  Good luck.
Tony Shepherd

 

Truck, you are an awesome inspiration. Hope the weather improves for you....
Mark Hardy

 

It`s looking a tad rugged out there Truck. I do hope the wind speed and direction gives you a break soon. Awesome riding mate.
Vic Binding

 

Over the border into South Australia! Well done mate, you are doing great on the bike as well as bringing PTSD to peoples notice. Best regards to yourself, Juvey, Trev, and others in support.
Vic Binding

 

Great effort, Truck and the Team at The Long Ride Home, 165 km in 1 day, amazing, the Kangaroo tail stew put a bit of hop in your step and a bit of back blast from the rear end. Well done...
Kev Otway

 

Really enjoying your writeups and in absolute awe of your efforts.   With your team, you're an inspiration, Truck.
Frank Benfield

 

Another fine read Truck. I look forward to your updates. And thank you for the awareness you and the team are raising for PTSD...
Stuart Park

 

Truck - still following your progress between jobs, I'm very impressed and the guys at work are now on your case. Such a great example to so many people. Continue with 'style' and 'pace' mate, we'll be watching from the top of the world...
Nick Martin UK

 

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