VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
We are a veteran owned not for profit association committed to saving veteran lives
From the moment a recruit arrives at the Recruit Training Battalion, (RTB), the Army immediately and skilfully, initiates an energetic program of team bonding and mateship between the recruits and their peers. Unlike the movies, the reality is that there is no place for an individual within this organisation.
This sense of belonging and sense of worth as a part of the team is fostered, strengthened and built upon right through the defence member’s career. From Initial Employment Training, (IET), to the section and then platoon, from the company to the battalion, the sense of belonging is by training and design. It is no accident it is created and it is for good reason.
Each member relies on the other for support during times of difficulty, be it in the barracks or on the battlefield. This sense of belonging is not insubstantial and it cannot be easily undone. It goes right to the core of every soldier; it is what the “combat veteran” in time of war rely on to keep each other alive.
THE SMEAC APPROACH
Defence members feel comfortable around other defence members. They are part of a group, an organisation, a team they belong to. In most cases, when the veteran suffers an injury, either physically or psychologically they are removed from the group. That sense of team and belonging, even before discharge, can be removed and in some cases removed overnight. This can leave the veteran feeling alienated, empty and alone. They can feel helpless, confused and lost in regards to which way to turn or where to go for support. The support of the group that they have been trained and conditioned to rely upon is no longer there.
Generally, all this occurs when the veteran most needs to belong to something, but the support of the group is no longer there. The complete and all-encompassing sense of loss and emptiness is fertile ground for alcohol, drugs and in many cases, suicide.
SMEAC Inc. believes that it is paramount for the discharged veteran, to as quickly as possible be linked with other veterans, IN A REAL SENSE, not just by brochures and contact lists but physically and socially. They need to be reconnected to their mates, be reintegrated back into society, and ultimately be retrained for purposeful and meaningful employment. This in turn will help the discharging veteran transition and form new support networks which will replicate and, in some cases, eventually replace their previous military ones.
THE VTF TRAINING FACILITY
WHAT MAKES IT WORK
SMEAC Inc. will provide veterans with the best opportunity to transition from defence to civilian life by providing a solid, sound support utilising SMEAC “4 Pillars 4 Vets” Approach.
- (3R’s) Reconnecting, Reintegrating and Retraining by Providing Purposeful and Meaningful Employment,
- Veterans Helping Veterans to Help the Next Generation.
- A Hand Up Not a Hand Out, and
- No Veteran and No Child Will Be Left Behind.
The SMEAC Museum will be entered through a dimmed 20’ container which will provide a portal into a series of similarly blacked out labyrinth of dimly lit 40” containers.