The Cateran Yomp, the Allied Forces Foundation signature event, is a multi-day trip that is centered on a Yomp in the Scottish Highlands.
YOMP a British term for a long-distance march carrying full kit, is an endurance event that challenges team members to compete 22, 36.5 or 54 miles across harsh terrain in only 24 hours.
This mission offers a type of challenge that many of the AFF Veterans have not experienced since combat. Participating in the Yomp restores self-confidence and provides enhanced motivation for recovery and rehabilitation.
Uniting with other wounded, ill or injured Veterans during the Yomp builds relationships that foster support, encouragement and empowerment. The lengthy event provides the chance to share stories and advice as they fight together for recovery.
Veterans from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ukraine, and Georgia will participate side by side with their British counterparts, known collectively as Team AFF.
In addition to the Yomp, Team AFF enjoys cultural visits whilst in Scotland, as well as the fun of learning the skills needed to enter in a Highland Games.
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The Cateran Yomp, staged by The Soldiers’ Charity (The National Charity of the British Army) is the ultimate charity walk. AFF teams join the Yomp annually and have built a substantial presence at the event.
A primary focus of AFF is to reinvigorate the spirit of comradeship and teamwork that so many wounded, ill and injured (WII) serving and veterans miss when forced to return to a desk job or civilian life. This is achieved through enabling participation in different challenges, both in the US and UK, including the ABF Cateran Yomp in Scotland.
These challenges deliver an opportunity for WII to come together with other military and former military who are facing similar experiences. It enhances the relationship between WII personnel from nations who fight together on the battlefield as allies and the Yomp provides the chance to share stories and advice as they fight together for recovery.