|At Soldier On, the health and safety of veterans and their family members that we support is our highest priority. COVID-19 continues to affect people around the world and the situation is evolving quickly. Soldier On is monitoring developments and actioning the latest advice and regulations from authorities as they come to hand. During this time, Soldier On will continue to support the veteran community around Australia, and remain committed to enabling veterans and their families to thrive.|
The delivery of Soldier On services will continue to occur. However it has been necessary to make some changes to our programs. Here is an update on how those services that you have helped support through taking part in March On will be modified for our veterans and their families due to COVID-19:
Psychology Services: Programs will continue to be offered by Soldier On Psychologists around Australia with increased attention to social distancing, hygiene and other health guidelines. Soldier On will look to implement Tele-Health and explore other solutions to ensure support is maintained as the situation develops. For information, please email email@example.com.
Employment Program: Following the recent restrictions imposed by the Australian Government, all future Pathways Events have been postponed. Soldier On will continue to provide transition services and employment support to veterans and their families by working closely with Pledge companies. We will consider moving to virtual networking events and other solutions in the future. The Soldier On Employment Program is operating as business as usual. As the COVID -19 situation evolves, our employment support will continue via phone, email and online. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Program: Soldier On continues to support veterans and their families with education and training opportunities. Our Education Partners are working to expand online and virtual courses and Program Officer support is ongoing via phone and email. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Social Connection Program: Soldier On intends to keep our activities operational for as long as possible to provide connection opportunities for veterans and their families during this challenging time. We have undertaken risk assessments and are currently operating running outdoor activities within current health guidelines. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus should also monitor their health and seek medical advice. Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses, including COVID-19. If you have returned from anywhere overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days. During this time, you should monitor your health closely. If you develop symptoms such as a fever and cough, you should seek medical attention, remembering to call ahead.
Soldier On thank you for your understanding during this challenging time, and will continue to provide updates on our programs in line with Government advice.
Stay safe everyone.
How to connect during a forced isolation period?
The current pandemic has put a spotlight on social connection. Here at Soldier On we have a team of Psychologists and Activity staff that work hard to connect veterans and support them in healthy lives going forward. Those that we consider to be the most ‘at need’ at the moment are the already isolated or anxious in our community.
What are some ways to help this?
FRIENDS – Friendships offer many mental health benefits, such as increased feelings of belonging, purpose, happiness, reduced levels of stress, improved self-worth, and confidence. Whether it’s your oldest mate from school or a new buddy from a Soldier On program, check in and have a chat.
KEEP ACTIVE – One of the key values in our team is that being active is important for everyone. It has a positive impact on our mental and physical health, especially in times of change and stress. For the more active, it can shape your identity and define your social network. Keep a routine, get outside, and stay safe. Maybe grab a person you trust and head on adventures, or perhaps become an avid photographer!
CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS – As our lifestyle alters each day remember that staying connected matters. Get online and find the old mates you’ve not been able to find time for, make plans for what happens after this pandemic, and keep in touch with your normal groups and family networks. Share funny memes and keep spirits high. Perhaps make a pact to get that online education course started with another veteran and make time to visit them (outside and 4 metres apart!) to go over some of the assessments.
Soldier On will move to maintaining activities where it is low risk and easy to run no matter who shows up. Walking groups will become available in each state in place of other standard activities so keep an eye out for those closest to you!