Operation Walk to Talk got off to a great start last Friday with more than 20 veterans taking part in the inaugural event.
The group met at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and undertook a leisurely stroll around the nearby Harry Sawkins Park.
Even the smokey conditions that descended on the Nowra CBD couldn't dampen the participants' spirits.
Organised by the Keith Payne VC Veterans Benefit Group, it is hoped the walk will become a regular event, providing not only veterans but all members of the public an avenue to work on both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Shoalhaven City Deputy Mayor, Councillor Patricia White launched the inaugural event and even took part in the walk on behalf of Mayor Amanda Findley.
While the event is primarily for Shoalhaven based veterans, both current and former, the walks are also open to all members of the public, male and female said Keith Payne VC Veterans Benefit Group chairman Rick Meehan.
"We know the issues veterans, not just locally, but across the country face," he said.
"This is a way of getting them together with likeminded people. Veterans, many of whom have been through the same things and might suffer the same issues.
"But it's not just directed at veterans. The walks are open to anyone and everyone, male or female."
Friday's event was a great mix of ages, with the eldest participant topping out at "90 years young".
"It was a very gentle walk through the park, among the ducks, corellas and lorikeets, finishing off with egg and bacon rolls cooked by the staff at the entertainment centre," said vice-chairman Fred Campbell.
"It was great to see so many participants."
Operation Walk to Talk joins the successful Men's Walk programs in both Wollongong and Kiama.
The next walk is planned for 7.30am on Friday, December 20, followed by a Christmas break.
The program will kick off for 2020 on January 17, again meeting at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.