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• Supporting the nation’s troops

Major Peter McGuigan, Major Brett Gallagher, Commissioner Nick Kaldas and Captain Ali McKeand at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday.

Salvation Army personnel attended the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra yesterday to support Nick Kaldas, Chair of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicides, who addressed the audience.

Major Brett Gallagher, Chief Commissioner for Red Shield Defence Services, Captain Ali McKeand, Veterans Ministries Coordinator, and Major Peter McGuigan, Head of Government Relations, listened to the Commissioner’s speech and responses to questions from the media that followed.

In his speech, Commissioner Kaldas challenged Australia to develop a new strategy to address the trauma experienced by current and veteran soldiers (Army, Navy and Air Force).

“Afterwards, we spoke with the Commissioner about his speech and The Salvation Army’s role in supporting the nation's troops and veterans spiritually, emotionally and physically,” said Peter.

“The Royal Commission’s report will be handed down in June 2024 after nearly three years of deliberations and hundreds of meetings across Australia. The Salvation Army addressed the first hearing of the commission held in Brisbane.”


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