Soldier On is proud to be recognised as the Veteran Support Program of the Year at the 2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards.
The Australian Defence Industry Awards recognises excellence from Defence professionals, organisations and businesses across the country and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the industry over the past year.
The Veteran Support Program of the Year award recognises the program, association or organisation that has most effectively supported ADF veterans transitioning out of service and/or into new career opportunities post-service.
As Australia’s only national, fully integrated and wholistic support services provider, Soldier On supports more than 8,000 members of the Defence community with a range of mental health and wellbeing services, employment, transition support and education programs, as well as activities focused on connections with family, friends, and the broader community.
Soldier On Interim CEO, Prue Slaughter, said the organisation is honoured to be recognised as part of the awards alongside esteemed members of the Defence community.
“Soldier On recognises the challenges of services and its impact on individuals and their families. But it is also important to recognise the fantastic attributes of our veteran community. While we continue to see many Defence families struggle with employment, social isolation, family breakdowns, and complex mental health issues, we also see the fantastic potential they hold, and it is our great privilege to provide them with the tools they need to secure meaningful and rewarding lives after their service,” Prue said.
“This award recognises the amazing work of the Soldier On team nationally. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to empower our veteran community, but we can’t do this alone. On behalf of Soldier On, I say thank you to all our supporters, collaborators, and our fellow nominees for enabling our veterans and their families to thrive,” Prue added.
Soldier On’s Mentor Program has also been recognised as a finalist in the Training and Mentorship Program of the Year at this year’s event, after successfully taking out the top spot in 2021.