Ex-Australian Soldier Battling a New Challenge
19 May 12 15:52 PM
posted by James Prascevic
My name is James Prascevic and I am an ex-Australian soldier battling a different challenge from my previous Army days. I am have taken on the treacherous Bass Strait solo in my small 4.55m aluminum boat between Victoria and Tasmania to which I crossed TWICE. I left from Lorne (VIC) to Smithton (TAS) on the 29th of October and returned to Lorne on the 3rd of November 2012 without stopping or assistance in order to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.
I am preperaring other challenges to raise awerness for mental illiness'.
I am currently planning my second challenge, which I will travel down The Murray River just before summer 2013 in my boat. I will stop at major towns and cities and in the public speaking forum I will talk about my experiances in the Army, showing my documentry that I made when my Crosing the Bass Strait and talking about Depression, PTSD ext. I will leave from the Albury/Wodonga area and finish where the Murray meets the ocean in South Australia. This will take between two-three weeks.
After serving nine and a half years in the Australian Army, The Royal Australian Infantry Corps, I was medically discharged last September due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety and Alcohol Dependence. This included severe arthritis in my left ankle, after breaking my leg in a training parachuting accident which has led to permanent ankle fusing.
Whilst in the Army, I completed 6 month tours of Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan and also completed the Special Forces Selection and Training Course (Commando) and numerous other Special Forces courses.
So why this exercise to raise awareness? Since my discharge I love the freedom of being on the open water. When I am fishing and in my boat the only thing that I worry about is the end of the rod tip. I feel I can do anything and that I have nothing wrong with me mentally or physically. I am 110%!
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