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MEDIA RELEASE Wandering Warriors next mega-challenge

17 July 2014 In 2013 they walked 1,600kms in 33 days from Brisbane to Birdsville, braving sub-zero mornings in Gatton, Oakey and Dalby and 40-plus degree days beyond Windorah, raising over $120,000. This year members of the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Association charity the Wandering Warriors 1 will tackle the 1,300km Brisbane to Canberra Mega-challenge 2 . Walkers will depart Anzac Square in Brisbane s CBD on Sunday 28 September and complete the event at the Australian War Memorial on Thursday 16 October to coincide with the dedication of an SAS Regiment plaque in the Memorial grounds.

Wandering Warriors CEO Audie Moldre said, while the 2014 walk will not take us as far as Birdsville, the New England Highway has a lot more ups and downs for the old and bold to tackle. Six of last year s walkers will walk to Canberra in 2014, including the oldest walker last year, who is 75. Nine of our walkers are SAS veterans of Australia s military conflicts from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Two are ex-British SAS. The wives of two of the veterans will be walking again this year. This year we will have a high profile finish on the steps of the Australian War Memorial and then a plaque dedication in the AWM grounds for the SAS Regiment.

We will also be in Bathurst for the V8 Supercars event. The walkers will be supported by soldiers from the Enoggera-based 7th Brigade as well as Special Operations Command and subordinate units. Mr Moldre said the Wandering Warriors represented veterans of Australia s military commitments of the past 50 years.

We are concerned about the welfare of Australia s newest and youngest veterans and their families; those who have served in Rwanda, Somalia, East Timor, Iraq and particularly Afghanistan. Wandering Warriors is not focused exclusively on the SAS, Commandos and other Special Forces units. We work to raise funds for all wounded, injured and ill Australian Defence Force veterans, and their families, who have suffered as a result of their service.

We don t support veterans directly, rather we care for the carers , providing a strategic fundraising umbrella for charities that are often too pre-occupied with the carer role to do their own fundraising. With the support of corporate Australia and the Australian community, the Wandering Warriors aim to raise badly needed funds for Wounded Heroes, Project Excalibur, the Commando Welfare Trust, Soldier On and the White Cloud Foundation, he said. You can visit www.wanderingwarriors.org 3 to donate, and follow the Wandering Warriors on Facebook 4 .

ENDS Media inquiries: Mick Donaldson, 0408 292 717. Quentin Masson 0448 115 144Jose Abad 0403 930 380 [email protected] 5 About Wandering Warriors: Wandering Warriors is a charity initiative of the Australian SAS Association Queensland Inc. Its members are veterans of Australia s military conflicts over the past 50 years.

We volunteer our time, energy and resources to conduct events which raise funds for veteran and family focussed charities. Wandering Warriors has no paid positions. Their mission is to secure ongoing funding for the care and support of our veterans and their families, as well as for other charitable causes.

Background: The Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans Affairs share the lead in caring for wounded and injured Australian Defence Force personnel, but a gap remains in that care as there is a limit to entitlements, grants, programs and funding. Australia has a number of other stakeholder organisations which attend to the needs of physically wounded and psychologically impacted veterans and their families. These stakeholders add an extra dimension to the care of our wounded and their families; however, they require continued access to funding to do their work.

Wandering Warriors Inc is a charity which raises funds to help meet that need. The Cause : Increasingly, Australia s military engagements are being fought by the few, with many ADF personnel putting themselves in harm s way on multiple operational deployments. Australians may have differing views about our military involvement in Afghanistan, but they stand behind the young Australians undertaking that fight.

Our community has a particular concern about our wounded from the Afghanistan conflict and about their families, as well as the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Wandering Warriors share that community concern. Afghanistan Battle Casualties : Since Operation SLIPPER commenced, there have been 40 operational deaths in Afghanistan.

As at 31 March 2013, there have been 251 ADF members wounded in action in Afghanistan. The types of injuries sustained can be broadly categorised as: Amputations Fractures Gun-shot wounds Hearing loss Lacerations/contusions Concussion/traumatic brain injury Penetrating fragments Multiple severe injuries There are no solid statistics on those young veterans who are returning to Australia suffering psychological trauma. However, it is widely reported that there will be an increase in Defence force members that will face a range of physical and psychological issues after the last few years which have seen a high operational tempo for the ADF.

Media Release Terms & References ADF : Australian Defence Force Operation SLIPPER : The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the war in Afghanistan. The operation commenced in late 2001 and is ongoing. Operational tempo : The pace of an operation or operations.

The operational tempo includes all of the activities the unit is conducting. SAS : Special Air Service Regiment, commonly known as the SAS is an elite special operations force of the Australian Army. While it is modelled on the British SAS (operating under the same motto, Who Dares Wins ) the regiment is a direct command unit of the Australian Special Operations Command.

WW : Wandering Warriors Inc is a charity organisation of the Australian SAS Association Queensland Inc.

References ^ Wandering Warriors (wanderingwarriors.org) ^ Brisbane to Canberra Mega-challenge (http) ^ www.wanderingwarriors.org (www.wanderingwarriors.org) ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com) ^ [email protected] (wanderingwarriors.org)

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Don't Reward Hamas for Israeli Soldier's Body … – Blogs – Forward

July 24, 2014, 12:00pm By Eliyahu Federman 1 Palestinians celebrate after Hamas armed wing said it had captured an Israeli soldier / Getty Images Immediately after a Hamas military spokesperson announced the capture of an Israeli soldier this Sunday, the streets of Gaza, Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem erupted in fireworks and celebration. Israel confirmed this week that the body of, Oron Shaul, a soldier presumably killed when an armored vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile, went missing. If Hamas has the body they are likely to demand the release of prisoners in exchange for the body.

In 2008, Israel released five Lebanese prisoners, including notorious murderer Samir Kuntar, for the corpses of two Israeli soldiers. But rewarding terrorists by releasing prisoners in exchange for the body will only embolden Hamas and incentivize more kidnapping attempts and lead to more terrorism. In fact, over 51 of the 1,027 terrorists released in 2011 in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalid, were recently re-arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of three innocent civilian teenagers, which set-off the current conflict.

Not only are several Shalit swap terrorists possible suspects in the teen kidnappings that sparked this current conflict, last April, on the way to a Passover Seder, Israel Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, was murdered near Hebron. A terrorist released in the Shalit swap was arrested for that murder too. Israel s uncompromising value for life, and respect for proper burial, has lead it to free terrorists in exchange for soldiers, both dead and alive but at what cost?

As we see, the elaborate tunnels built by Hamas to infiltrate Israel are part of Hamas s crucial strategy to abduct Israelis. The Israeli military has recently found kidnapping paraphernalia in those tunnels, including tranquilizers and handcuffs, demonstrating the intent to abduct more Israelis. The United States made the same mistake when it released five high-ranking terrorists, including the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence and Taliban army chief of staff, from Guantanamo in exchange for the release of Sgt.

Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive. Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies.

Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim , the redemption of captives, and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings. The author has written on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for USA Today.

He writes extensively on religion, culture, business and law.

Follow him on Twitter @EliFederman.

References ^ Eliyahu Federman (blogs.forward.com)

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Classical Brit goes to Dragoon Guards

The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have become the first pipe band in history to capture a major recorded music award by winning Album of the Year for Spirit of the Glen: Journey at the Classical BRITs on May 14th at a gala ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The award was also the first of its kind given to non-professional musicians. The CD, which was a follow-up to the band s 2007 recording, Spirit of the Glen , was recorded in part at the British base in Basra, Iraq, while on duty, making it, according to an official news release quite probably the most dangerous album ever made.

Spirit of the Glen also made history for a pipe band album by staying stayed at number-one for 14 weeks on the classical charts and gaining a place in the top-20 pop charts, outselling albums by, among others, Bon Jovi, 50 Cent and Elton John. It was nominated 1 for a 2008 Classical BRIT, but did not win. Journey was recorded mostly in a tent at the Basra airbase, while other parts were captured at the end of a runway.

On some parts of the album, background noise of Basra can be heard. It s important for them not to forget that they are not a band for me, said Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Gedney. They re my tank gunner, my lorry driver, my signals operator.

I see them very much as soldiers first. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards signed a 1-million recording contract 2 with Universal Music in 2007. As with the mainstream BRIT Awards, the Classical BRITs are determined by public vote.

References ^ was nominated (www.pipesdrums.com) ^ signed a 1-million recording contract (www.pipesdrums.com)

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