Giving those who have served our country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose. This is the mission of Soldier On. It was an honour to attend the relocation and reopening of Soldier On’s Robert Poate Reintegration and Recovery Centre, and its new national headquarters in Crace.
The Robert Poate Centre is named after Private Robert Poate who was killed on operation in Afghanistan in 2012. Robert was a Canberra boy – and his death was felt deeply by our community, particularly at Canberra Grammar, where he spent his entire schooling life.
The Robert Poate Reintegration and Recovery Centre is a fitting tribute to this brave Canberran. Here, Solider On will help our wounded warriors overcome obstacles caused by their injuries and link them back into the community with rehabilitation and reintegration services.
This new facility will also help Solider On support the families of our Australian Defence Force personnel like the parents of Robert Poate – Hugh and Janny – who are now supporting our wounded.
In five years Soldier On has gone from a small volunteer outfit, launched in a tent, to a national charity doing much needed work to support serving and ex-serving wounded Australian soldiers.
The growth of Soldier On is a testament to the positive impact of its work in helping returning soldiers and those who have left the service to deal with PTSD and other issues. I commend Solider On for its work and congratulate all involved, particularly Defence Housing Australia, on the new facilities.