VETERANS VOYAGE: Lee Bailey is a mentor in the Trojan's Trek which sets out for five days this weekend.
VETERANS VOYAGE: Lee Bailey is a mentor in the Trojan's Trek which sets out for five days this weekend. Nev Madsen

Veterans take first steps to combat PTSD

A GROUP of veterans living with post traumatic stress after active service will take their first steps to a better mindset with Trojan's Trek tomorrow.

The wilderness-based retreat will take 11 male veterans, and a second group of former servicewomen, on a five-day program to help them adjust to life out of the military.

They will be guided by mentors such as Lee Bailey who served in the Australian Army for 19 years before discharging and struggling to adjust to civilian life again.

"I was really quite lost," Mr Bailey, who went on his first Trojan's Trek in 2016, said.

"I lost a lot of my identity after discharging from the army and experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

"It really opened my eyes to what my behaviours were and how much of that was being brought upon myself.

"It lifted that veil of threat, feeling of fear and anxiety and just brought me to life, to be honest with you."

The trek is not a physical exercise though it does involve sleeping in the bush for five days.

"The trek is in your mind, it's cerebral, not physical," he said.

It is largely free for veterans.

A second trek will be run in Queensland in August.

Visit trojanstrek.com for more details.