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RSL Active to engage young vets.

Wednesday 29 June, 2016

RSL SA has launched a new initiative to support the working age veteran – RSL Active.  Tim Hanna (RSL SA President) was joined at sunny Elder Park by the Hon Leesa Vlahos (Minister for Mental Health) and Olympian Stuart O’Grady, the first official RSL Active Ambassador.   The trio were supported by a young cohort of veterans and their families who have quickly embraced the concept.

RSL Active encourages members of the Australian Defence Force, and those who have recently left, to be active in their communities.  The program includes weekly spin classes and cycling tours, walking groups and kayaking trips.  An Art Exhibition is scheduled for October 21- 30, during Veterans Health Week, to allow veterans to display their art and attend introductory workshops.

The RSL Active model will deliver a safe and welcoming environment for not only the veteran but also the veteran’s family.  Camping trips, social outings and school holiday programs are part of our future plans.  RSL Active will assist men and women to connect with the community and transition back into civilian life, with other services to include peer-to-peer support, career counselling, access to training and education programs, and pathways to employment.

Led by Justin Brown and Mark Reidy at the RSL, and with mentoring and motivational support from ambassadors like O’Grady, the program will help our serving men and women transition from a structured military life to a completely new environment.  Both cycling and kayaking are already popular and a formal mentoring program has commenced.  RSL Active merchandise is available including running shirts and cycling jerseys.

To receive additional information on RSL Active please email

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