Thales Australia, as a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force, is deeply committed to supporting veterans and their families.
This support is provided through a range of initiatives, such as the Thales Veterans Mentoring Programs, special veterans leave as well as the backing of veteran-focussed charities.
One such charity is ‘A Roof in Return.’ A Roof in Return is a not-for-profit charity delivering safe and secure housing options to veterans through Tenancy Facilitation, Bond Loan, Tenancy Guarantee, Rental Assistance, Interim Accommodation and Overnight Accommodation Services.
In Australia, 1 in 20 homeless individuals are military veterans. Many returned veterans struggle to adjust to post-war life and can suffer prolonged physical impairments and mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder. This can lead to difficulty maintaining employment, financial stress, domestic violence, substance abuse and family breakdown; all of which lead to a greater risk of homelessness. A Roof in Return’s housing assistance enables these members of society to secure short to medium term housing when in need, which provides our veterans with the support and dignity they deserve.
Thales’ contribution to A Roof in Return was made through our Veterans Committee, a group within Thales designed to provide advice and governance to leadership and employees on issues facing veterans and their families.
“As one of the country’s leading defence and technology companies, a strategic pillar of Thales Australia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy is the continued and sustainable support of veterans and their families, including but not limited to employment opportunities as well as support for various veteran focussed charities. On behalf of the Thales Veterans committee, I am delighted to announce our support for ‘A Roof in Return; supporting homeless veterans through providing safe and secure housing options.”
“I’d like to sincerely thank Thales for their ongoing support of A Roof In Return. Thales was our founding sponsor when we launched in 2020 and has again, through the Veterans Committee, provided funding to us. This latest support has allowed us to modernise our website, making it easier to navigate and importantly significantly easier to make single or ongoing donations.’
Business, particularly Defence Industry, are at the heart of our sustainable solutions. Corporate contributions, like those we have received from Thales, drive measurable social impact and directly support our ability to provide housing solutions for military veterans and their direct family members who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”
Kylie Rogers, CEO and Managing Director, A Roof in Return