No two Australians veterans are the same. They are both men and women. They are ethnically, politically and religiously diverse. In short, they’re everyday Aussies – united by their commitment to serve.

Casey Nixon is demonstration of the diversity. A young woman, who served in the Army from age 18, she identifies as a mother, ex-service woman, partner of a veteran and businesswoman.  She is passionate about supporting charities that make a difference in the veteran community as well as empowering, mentoring and encouraging other young women to succeed in their careers.

Ms Nixon has signed up to Bravery Trek, a virtual 100km challenge to raise funds and awareness for veterans facing hardship.  Bravery Trek commences this weekend, on the first day of Veteran’s Health Week.

“People join the Australian Defence Force for life, even those who choose to transition to the civilian workforce carry an ongoing legacy,” Ms Nixon said.

“While there are obvious links between the military and business world and many veterans forge successful careers in private industry, it can be a tough journey when injury or illness causes early and unexpected discharge.

“The unexpected and sudden change of circumstances can have significant impacts on mental health and self-worth and, never far behind those challenges, comes financial stress.

“I’ve joined Bravery Trek to support veterans as they face those challenges, and to raise funds for immediate financial support to assist with urgent expenses like medical bills, housing, and transport to vital appointments.”

Funds raised by Bravery Trek are dispersed by national military charity Bravery Trust, which provides veteran and family financial support.  70% of those who receive assistance are aged 50 years or younger.

Chief Executive Officer Belinda Wilson said income and finance and employment were recognised as key factors for veteran wellness.

“We have a highly skilled team and work cooperatively with other military services to provide niche support for veterans who face hardship as a result of injury or illness sustained during service.

“In short we change lives – by helping veterans overcome unexpected and sudden changes in their circumstances and empowering people with the skills and confidence to create a pathway forward.”

Ms Wilson said Bravery Trust’s recent pilot of a Financial Counselling Service showed 97% of veterans who received veteran specific financial counselling did not need to return for further welfare assistance within the year.

Bravery Trust is seeking to expand the financial counselling pilot to support more veterans, particularly earlier in their career and before crisis hits – providing the tools for financial success.

“We all have an obligation to support those who’ve made sacrifices for our country.  Please the get behind Bravery Trek and show your support for those who’ve served,” Ms Wilson said.

Bravery Trek is a virtual challenge of 100km in 50 days to help raise vital funds and awareness for injured Aussie veterans in financial hardship.  Bravery Trek starts this weekend.  Join or donate at www.braverytrek.com.au

Bravery Trust is a registered business name of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust, a nationally registered charity.