Real stories

Join us as we share the inspiring real-life stories of Soldier On participants and supporters.  

Exploring journeys of physical and mental recovery, reconnection with community, and career transformations, we showcase the triumphs of the veteran community.  

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Overcoming adversity with the Pathways Program
As a Defence spouse with four children, Kristy Lewis wants nothing more than to ensure her family are in the best possible position...
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Thriving, not just surviving
A survivor is one who lives through affliction, to thrive means to come back even stronger. Soldier On volunteer and cancer survivor...
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Pathways Participants find meaningful employment with Thales
With over 330 current veteran employees across Australia, Thales continues to showcase their ongoing dedication to provide rewarding...
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The mental health obstacle
For Brian Heilbronn, battling mental health was a similar sensation to wearing heavy body armour.
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A rewarding life outside Defence
Lisa Cashman joined the Royal Australian Navy at 19 and found it to be an incredibly rewarding career choice. She was able to change...
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Soldier On volunteer brings vital support to regional Victoria
Since discharging from the Army, Soldier On volunteer Brett Newman has devoted the past 10 years to bringing invaluable support networks...
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Serving On with March On
Soldier On staff member and ex-Air Force veteran Zane Duce has raised over $12,000 for the March On Challenge after committing to walking...
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Off-the-hook connections made at surf camp
Soldier On participants take surfing to the next level with Hyundai's Surf Camp!
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Collaboration allows veterans to enjoy active lifestyle
In 2014 Maxine Starkey’s life really changed. After being together for 14 years, her husband Michael joined the Navy as an Aviation...
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Blue Water Therapy
After an elite Special Forces career, Soldier On collaborator and Maritime Warrior founder Grant Monaghan is helping veterans find...
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A Sporting Chance
Soldier On recently formed an exciting partnership with Invictus Australia. Invictus Games competitor and Soldier On ambassador Ben...
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A Super Human
Nurse and proud army wife Rosie Lansdown suffered chronic PTSD after a cycling accident while training for her first triathlon. Her...
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