Reach­ing out to young vets

Pro­gram to help sol­diers re­turn to life

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Bob An­thony

THE Vet­er­ans’ Sup­port Cen­tre has launched a new pro­gram build­ing new path­ways for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies to bet­ter re­ac­ti­vate so­cial en­gage­ment and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties within the Tweed and Gold Coast com­mu­ni­ties.

The Vet­er­ans Sup­port Cen­tre at Cur­rumbin has op­er­ated for a num­ber of years and with a new Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant and ad­di­tional tar­geted fund­ing from Cur­rumbin RSL, the Younger Vet­er­ans Sup­port Pro­gram is pro­vid­ing re­cently re­turned vet­er­ans with a holis­tic ap­proach aimed at pro­vid­ing bet­ter ac­cess to so­cial and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Tran­si­tion­ing from a mil­i­tary ca­reer can be a stress­ful time for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies and can be over­whelm­ing as some em­ploy­ers lack an un­der­stand­ing of vet­er­ans’ skills, while vet­er­ans may ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fi­culty com­mu­ni­cat­ing their mil­i­tary skills in a civil­ian con­text, re­sult­ing in them be­ing ei­ther un­em­ployed, or em­ployed in un­suit­able roles.

Hav­ing a ded­i­cated place where vet­er­ans can gain ac­cess to mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment and other op­por­tu­ni­ties helps break down these bar­ri­ers.

Cen­tral to the pro­gram is ed­u­cat­ing busi­nesses on the de­sir­able skills mil­i­tary per­son­nel bring to the work­place in­clud­ing crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing, ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing in di­verse and fast chang­ing en­vi­ron­ments, lead­er­ship and team­work ca­pa­bil­i­ties, de­pend­abil­ity, loy­alty and in­tegrity, and pre­ci­sion, co-or­di­na­tion and ac­cu­racy. Cur­rumbin RSL Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Anne Stovin said the pro­gram fit with com­pa­nies look­ing to tap into the pro­fes­sional at­tributes de­vel­oped by vet­er­ans over their mil­i­tary ca­reers.

“A num­ber of busi­nesses have shown in­ter­est and are de­mon­strat­ing their sup­port for the pro­gram with em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. There have also been in­quiries from gov­ern­ment agen­cies wish­ing to con­trib­ute to their in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity strate­gies by em­ploy­ing vet­er­ans. A di­verse work­force that rep­re­sents the com­mu­nity in which they serve shows great lead­er­ship and makes good busi­ness sense,” Mrs Stovin said. Visit www. cur­


WE REMEMBER: Til­ley But­ler lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day me­mo­rial at Cur­rumbin RSL with her aunty Kristy Smith.

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