Instead of gifts this year for my birthday, I have chosen to ask that the money that would have been spent on presents be donated to Soldier ON. Which receives less then 1% of Australian Goverment funding for the much needed services it provides
I choose Soldier ON because more support is needed to help assist this organization support returning Australian service men and women, who stepped forward to defend their country and bring freedom to others around the world.
Soldier ON provides personnel and their families through health and wellbeing support (including psychological services, eg: PTSD), helps with employment and education training to return soldiers to the work force..
Since 2001 nearly 400 member of the ADF (Australian Defence Force) have taken their own lives. That is more than EIGHT and half times the lives lost by those in the ADF while fighting in Afghanistan and IRAQ combined. This is 400 too many.