Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a program to help injured Australian war veterans retrain.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a program to help injured Australian war veterans retrain. File

Injured veterans offered choices for new careers

WOUNDED Australian war veterans will be able to access short courses to help retrain after their return, under a new program launched on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Soldier On Hand Up program in Canberra, 18 months after it started as a pilot.

Soldier On chief executive John Bale said in a statement the course was already helping veterans retrain and prepare for civilian life after they returned with injuries.

The program, funded by defence contractor Northrop Grumman, offers free business administration, accounting and IT courses, job placements and help with CVs for returned soldiers. It will be rolled out nationally after several other groups came on board to support it.

The program is based on a similar one in the United States.



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