John Bale joined the Australian Army in 2002 with a schoolmate who was later killed by an improvised explosive device in 2008. Wanting to give something back to his mates and colleagues who had been wounded – physically or psychologically – during military operations, John co-founded Soldier On in 2012. Soldier On inspires, enhances and empowers wounded soldiers to move on with their lives. John drives Soldier On’s activities with enthusiasm and endeavour – whether that’s engaging wounded soldiers to tackle physically challenging activities such as walking the Kokoda Track, supporting rehabilitation or negotiating new employment, training and education opportunities.
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