As an ex-Army serviceman himself, Rob Marshall was inspired to support veterans through the not-for-profit Veterans’ Advisory Council.
“I used to work for the charity Soldier On. As a result, applying to be on the Veterans’ Advisory Council seemed like a logical thing to do as it will give me the chance to continue to serve the veteran community,” says Rob.
While the Veterans’ Advisory Council has a wide range of responsibilities, Rob says he will focus on an employment strategy for veterans.
“I’d like to work towards the ACT government having a strategy to employ veterans as well as attempting to secure some local funding for ex-service organisations. Ideally, I would also like to be involved in ensuring that our ACT politicians understand the range of issues facing veterans and their families,” says Rob.
For anyone else inspired to support the veteran community, this is Rob’s advice;
“Supporting veterans needs to occur every day, not just on Anzac Day. There are a range of local organisations that assist veterans that can always use volunteers and fundraisers. I would like the community to understand that, for many veterans, the transition out of the Defence Force into civilian life is a challenge and support and understanding is essential to make it successful.”