While the government currently offers support and assistance to the veteran community, it unfortunately still falls short of what is truly needed to help those who have served our country. One area this is particularly relevant is during a veteran’s transition into civilian life. Many find reintegrating into society difficult due to the lack of educational qualifications impeding employment. As a result, veterans can experience long-term unemployment, opening them to a variety of other hardships. Thankfully, this is where not-for-profits help bridge the support gap

Some of the common types of veteran support in Australia are educational, counseling, and mentorship programs. Here’s why these programs are essential and how they are effective.

Increase the employability of veterans

Many who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) suffer from unemployment. According to statistics, one in three veterans is unemployed. Though they have a broad range of skills and knowledge and desirable traits, they usually find it difficult to enter the civilian workforce. This is mainly because of the social stigma associated with mental health as well as a lack of formal qualifications. To address these problems, non-profit organisations provide educational and counseling support. Through formal education and training, veterans gain nationally-recognised qualifications and experience. All of these will improve their employment opportunities.

Prepare veterans for the future 

Those who are still serving in the ADF and are planning to continue working after retirement will also benefit from veteran support in Australia. Current members the ADF can apply before they leave service to help with their civilian transition. The organisation of your choice will be able to assess your skills and assist you in mapping out your career plans.

Combat financial difficulties 

Unemployment is one of the major issues of retired military personnel, and it leads to financial difficulties and potential poverty. Through providing early intervention supports we can help prevent long-term unemployment and help improve rates of homelessness for veterans across the country.