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"I thought it was going to be dif-
ficult physically," Mr Palmer said.
"But listening to the boys and
what happened to them turned out to
be quite emotional."
Mr Palmer lost his son in June
last year when a helicopter crashed
during operations in Afghanistan.
Since then, he and his wife have
kept close to his son's former unit
and those who survived the crash,
keeping tabs on their recovery.
Mr Palmer said he would be
doing the trail again next year and
wanted to get as much support as he
"I'd like to see more soldiers on it
next year," Mr Palmer said.
"Next time I'll be supporting a
2CER soldier who couldn't make it
this year due to his rehabilitation."
The program will run a tour each
year for the next four years and is
trying to attract sponsors to help sub-
sidise the costs of travel for the reha-
For more information on next year's tour go
SIGN UP FOR NEXT YEAR'S SOLDIERS KOKODA PROGRAM
PLACES are now available for next year's
RSL Soldiers Kokoda, which will be run by
Adventure1000 from July 21 to July 30 next year.
The program costs $6250 per entrant, which
includes travel from Brisbane, food, accommoda-
tion, experienced trek leaders, medical support,
detailed battle site briefings, local guides and
Any soldier can participate and soldiers
undergoing rehabilitation are encouraged to take
part and seek sponsorship.
Go to www.adventure1000.com.au
Time to remember: Participants in the
RSL Soldiers Kokoda, including many
soldiers undergoing rehabilitation for
wounds suffered on operational service,
gather to remember Australians killed in
Afghanistan at a village near the end of
their trek of the Kokoda Trail. Inset, the
team sets up camp in a clearing along
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