A dog named Trigger gave an ex-soldier his life back.

Royce Hardman |with Trigger.
Royce Hardman |with Trigger.

TRIGGER the American staffordshire terrier saved Royce Hardman’s life.

Now Mr Hardman will take Trigger for a long walk as a reward.

Trigger’s Big Trek sets off from Rockingham on Sunday and involves a two-year journey around Australia.

The aim of the epic trek is to raise $250,000 for Soldier On, a support group for serving and ex-service personnel affected by their service.

Mr Hardman decided to take on the ambitious fundraiser after he returned from Afghanistan after serving as an infantry soldier.

The once confident and happy young man started to withdraw into himself.

His mother passed away after a battle with cancer and he was discharged from the army on medical grounds after reporting he had post- traumatic stress disorder.

Working on the mines as a fly-in fly-out worker did not help and Mr Hardman soon found himself without a job and shut off from those he loved.

“My pup Trigger helped me at my lowest point,” Mr Hardman said.

About a year ago, Mr Hardman was having suicidal thoughts, but Trigger entered the room, looked at him and gave Mr Hardman purpose.

With the help of a PTSD program, Mr Hardman is on the road to recovery.

He sets off on his 17,000km journey from the Rockingham RSL Club on Memorial Drive, Rockingham at 9am.

To donate, visit Trigger’s Big Trek on Facebook.

n If you need or anyone you know need help with suicidal thoughts or PTSD call Lifeline on 13 11 14.