New centre for military issues
A new service is targeting the immense struggles faced by servicemen and women leaving the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Soldier On has launched a ‘reintegration and recovery centre’ in Perth, which will provide employment and education services, psychological support and a general social place for returned servicemen and women.
Around a fifth of all people leaving the ADF are medically discharged, and many struggle with unemployment, loneliness and mental health issues after leaving the military.
The centre is named after Trooper Jason Brown, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
It features a gym for weight training and yoga, a massage room, a library, and a communal space for former soldiers.
The centre will also offer employment services and education courses, all run by volunteers.
The CSIRO donated the facility in Floreat, but the $300,000 a year required to run the centre comes from donations.