Sometimes, when men and women leave the military, they can feel quite a bit displaced. Some are disabled, some become homeless, and others… they just need to feel a purpose again.
When a former Australian Army Lieutenant, who was disabled, met a homeless veteran, the two decided to start a charity for veterans who were living rough. But part of that, possibly the bigger part of that, was to put veterans to work and give them a purposeful life again.
Says Geoff Evans, the former lieutenant: “What I noticed working with those men is that we could give them everything they needed, from accommodation to food, but we could never give them a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”
So, in 2016, he founded the first Australian branches of Team Rubicon in Queensland and New South Wales. It’s a disaster response and recovery organization that helps communities in need.
He said Team Rubicon takes veterans and reuses their skills but it’s all about giving them back a sense of purpose and saying to them — “hey, you are actually valuable once you leave the military.”
When those veterans get involved in his team, Geoff said, their mental wellness goes from a 2 or 3 to about an 8 or 9. This happens, he said, “Because they’re suddenly gainfully employed again, they have their identity back and they’re back among like-minded individuals.”
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