Jess is the author of two children’s books, ‘Soon’ and ‘Sometimes’ which provide a child’s perspective on deployment based on her own experiences.
The daughter of an Army officer ‘Soon’ and ‘Sometimes’ reflects on her emotions when her dad was deployed in 2008.
Defence Health kindly sponsored publishing and both books are now included in deployment packages around Australia.
In 2015 Jess was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Commendation for her work with defence children and building of awareness through ‘Soon’ and ‘Sometimes’.
Jess has been an ambassador with Soldier On since 2016, she is currently a highly involved member of her local Rural Fire Service and is studying a double degree in Nursing and Paramedicine at university.