Next Level Remembrance
4 ways you can honour modern veterans this Remembrance Day.
The Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18) was signed 98 years ago on 11 November. And at 11am on this day Australian’s everywhere will be observing one minute’s silence, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
That’s why this day is so important.
But this year is different.
In 2016 there has been unprecedented levels of awareness raised about how modern veterans adjust to life after deployment or after separating from the military service they love. We’ve seen and heard stories which defy belief. We grieve for loss of family, friends and team mates who have fallen during and after leaving theatres of war. And quite rightly we remain discontent with the support provided to modern veterans and their families.
Awareness drives action. Awareness also creates a narrative and in this case it’s headline is post traumatic stress. And this is an issue.
There are many modern veterans who are affected by post traumatic stress and it’s real and it can have catastrophic impacts on them and their families. As an Ambassador at SoldierOn, I am honoured to be part of a team who contributes with teams from other veteran organisations to continuously support these important people and their families. We will be relentless in our mission.
There are also many modern veterans whose perspective on life has been adjusted as a consequence of their service. They do not have post traumatic stress. They have a new way of thinking about the world because of what they’ve experienced.
This Remembrance Day, please understand this distinction.
And remember that people who have represented us by sea, air or land are among Australia’s finest leaders and citizens. And it’s because of their unique experience that they have incredible value to add to our companies and communities after they separate from the military service they love.
With this in mind, here’s how you can take Remembrance Day to the next level.
1. Stand still at 11am tomorrow
Add 11am tomorrow to your calendar, this will help.
Stand still for one minute and reflect on the enormous contribution modern veterans and their families make to our way of life.
2. Call to care
3. Provide encouragement
Send this encouragement from Bram Connolly to modern veterans who are still serving, considering separation or embarking on their next chapter.
Don’t let one moment, a single day in time, a period of combat, the death of a mate or multiple deployments define who you are. It’s taken a lifetime for you to become what you are now.
Let’s change the narrative. You have learnt skills over years that are transferable. You were extremely lucky to serve your country and you were exposed to life’s lessons that most people will never get.
Now go, live a life that’s worth living. What’s your life’s mission and what battles must you fight to succeed in that mission?
Whatever the answer – be fearless.
4. Lean in
Visit Soldier On Australia or another high calibre team focused on caring for and supporting the transition modern veterans and their families from the military to their next journey. It’s about bringing your energy, skills and network to the table, first. Donations, although important, come second.
All help is welcome.