Media Release – Raytheon Australia expands support to Australian veterans and families

Raytheon Australia Managing Director, Michael Ward today announced that the company will increase its financial sponsorship to Soldier On to $275,000 over three years.

The increased funding will make Raytheon Australia one of Soldier On’s largest financial sponsors, enabling them to reach more veterans and families across Australia. The funds will support Soldier On’s Veteran and Family Support Officer who provides employment services to veterans and families across South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

“This additional sponsorship from Raytheon Australia demonstrates their commitment to supporting the successful transition of veterans, and their families, into the workforce. They recognise that these men and women are assets to Australian Industry, particularly Defence Industry,” CEO and Co-Founder of Soldier On, John Bale said.

Since launching their employment program in late November 2016, Soldier On has supported more than 600 veterans and spouses through career advice, job application support, interview preparation and development courses. Soldier On has been working directly with industry, through the Pledge for Veteran Employment, to provide greater opportunities and access to roles. Raytheon Australia has signed the Pledge and is working closely with Solider On to employ more veterans within their organisation.

“Supporting veterans is a responsibility that belongs to us all and I am pleased that our contribution will make a real difference to the lives of many.” said Michael Ward. “This additional financial pledge gives back to the defence community in which our company operates and demonstrates Raytheon Australia’s strong commitment to transitioning veterans and their families”.

Raytheon Australia has been a sponsor of Soldier On since 2016 and also funds the Veteran and Family Support Officer in Canberra. In addition, the Raytheon Australia workforce hold various fundraising activities throughout the year to provide greater support to veterans and families.

Soldier On does not receive government funding and relies on the generosity and commitment of community fundraisers, philanthropists, trusts and corporate sponsors. “To have an organisation like Raytheon Australia, and its staff, recognise the importance of the service Soldier On is providing veterans and their families is incredibly humbling.” said John Bale. “It shows that by working together, we can provide the support deserved by those who serve our nation and help to build positive futures.”

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For more information contact:

Melissa Russell

Communications & Marketing Director

Soldier On

0428 076 773