Soldier On Calls on Australia: Don’t Let History Repeat Itself

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Friday, 11 November 2016


Soldier On calls on Australia: Don’t let history repeat itself

  • Soldier On says we must learn from past generations to save the lives of veterans
  • Soldier On launches new program to help veterans and their families build successful futures
  • Soldier On asks Australian industry to take a pledge to create job opportunities for veterans and their families

This Remembrance Day not-for-profit veteran organisation Soldier On is calling on the Australian community to pledge their support to our veterans and stop history from repeating.

Soldier On CEO and Co-Founder, John Bale says we need to learn from past generations, particularly from the Vietnam War era, and ensure our veterans are provided the right support services and opportunities to build successful futures after their service to Australia.

“Our veterans are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We cannot, like we have done so in the past, just forget about them the day they take off their uniform.”

“We need to do more than just remember and honour their service and sacrifices.”

“The best way we can demonstrate our sincere gratitude to them is by recognising their skill sets and providing them with job opportunities post their service to Australia,” said Mr Bale.

After 12 months of research, Soldier On has developed a world-class Veteran and Family Support Program, which they believe will save the lives of veterans. The program will be delivered by a team of in-house experts focusing on employment and psychological services as well as social connected activities and programs.

Part of Soldier On’s program involves asking Australian industry to pledge their commitment to provide veterans and their families with job opportunities and better understand and recognise their experiences, skills and training.

This pledge is the first of its kind in Australia and several organisations have already committed to take it, including Defence primes, big four consultancy firms, major banks, project management firms and some of the leading ICT cloud companies.

“This pledge and our program isn’t about helping veterans and their families for a short period. It is about saying to our contemporary veterans we are here for you whenever you need a helping hand for the rest of your life – because that’s the level of support our veterans and their families deserve,” said Mr Bale.

Earlier in the year the Prime Minister announced his Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative, noting Soldier On’s key involvement, as the concept developers, during his announcement. Soldier On’s new Veteran and Family Support program ensures veterans and their families have access to support, as well as job opportunities, setting them up for continued success.

 

 Nicole Thomson-Pride

Communications & Media Manager, Soldier On

nicole.thomson-pride@soldieron.org.au

0428 076 773