Ex- soldier seeks clo­sure at Kokoda

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LY­DIA KELLNER

TREKKING Kokoda will be a once- in- a- life­time ex­pe­ri­ence for for­mer army para­medic Dale Street, who is hop­ing to find clo­sure fol­low­ing lifeal­ter­ing events that oc­curred dur­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice.

The for­mer army sergeant, with 13 years of full- time ser­vice be­hind him, has been spon­sored by Mates4Mates to travel to PNG next month to walk the Kokoda Track. Suf­fer­ing from post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der, os­teoarthri­tis in both knees and other phys­i­cal in­juries, Mr Street was med­i­cally dis­charged in 2012 af­ter serv­ing in both East Ti­mor and Afghanistan, los­ing many mates to war along the way.

“Kokoda is some­thing I’ve al­ways thought about but never re­ally acted upon, so when this op­por­tu­nity present- ed it­self I de­cided to sign up,” Mr Street said.

“Men­tally I think I will strug­gle with the sce­nar­ios we’ll be go­ing through and the ar­eas we’ll be go­ing through so it will be good to have my wife Michelle there for sup­port.’’

Mr Street will leave Bris­bane for Kokoda on Au­gust 7 for his eight- day ad­ven­ture.

To get in­volved with Mate4Mates, go to mates4mates. org

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

BOOTS ON: Dale Street is hav­ing his Kokoda trek spon­sored by Mates4Mates.

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