About Soldier On

It is about appreciating that even the strongest, even the bravest, even the toughest, can carry scars through life that need to be understood and accepted. I congratulate Soldier On for the work they’re doing … recognising and helping all who are part of our ex service community.” – The Hon Tony Abbott MP, former Prime Minister of Australia
Soldier On’s mission is to achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history. To achieve this, Soldier On supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their family, their community, and their future. 72,000 Australians have served in the Australian Defence Force since 1990, and thousands will be effected by their service, be it physically or psychologically. Soldier On provides a suite of services and access to partner organisations to meet the needs of our wounded so that they can start their journey on their road to recovery. Soldier On supports anyone who has served Australia and their families. This includes those who have served as part of the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which includes Australian Border Force. This help can be accessed by contacting Soldier On or by heading to one of our Reintegration and Recovery Centres across the country. There you will find support staff, psychological assistance, links with local services and a support network of other veterans and families. It’s our turn to fight for you – we’ve got your back.

Our History

Founded in 2012, the organisation was inspired by the death of a friend. Lieutenant Michael Fussell was killed in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2008 and his friend John Bale looked for a way to support those who survived the blast. He quickly realised there was no easy or accessible way for members of the Defence forces, or the public, to show their support for those wounded in battle. With his wife Danielle, they reached out to his fellow soldiers and enlisted the help of Cavin Wilson, who had been posted to Afghanistan to assist in returning soldiers killed or wounded in action. Together they decided it was time to start an organisation that connected these men and women to the wider public, ensuring these brave sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen could be cared for and lead fulfilling and successful lives. In its first year, Soldier On assisted 200 veterans in three states, with one Centre established in Adelaide. In 2015, we assisted 500 veterans a month and established two new Centres in Canberra and Sydney. In 2016 and beyond we expect to help thousand more with Centres established in Melbourne, Perth, Currumbin at the Gold Coast and many more locations across Australia.  
February 6, 2014