The Project

Because sometimes the reality of war gets overlooked . . .

Aim

The aim of Project Excalibur is to provide an additional dimension of welfare and health care for members and families of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.

 

Why

Australia is a global leader in care and support of veterans through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the numerous ex-Service Organisations.  Nevertheless the health and welfare of serving soldiers by the Australian Defence Force, particularly the members of the Special Air Service Regiment, does have some limitations imposed by different factors. One of these is the simple availability of the soldier for respite due to his operational and training commitments. When the nature of the Regiment’s current roles and tasks are analysed there is a uniqueness of service that can only apply within a Special Forces environment.

 

Mission Statement

 

To provide support from the wider community, in the form of a funded respite program within Southeast Queensland for Special Air Service Regiment members and their families.

 

 

Background

The contributions of our servicemen and servicewomen over the past 100 years have shaped our country into the peaceful place it occupies in the world of today. Sadly, this peace does not exist for many of the world’s other people and our Defence Force continues it’s international and external role of support.

As a nation we must ensure that we always remember and care for those whose sacrifices, past and present, continue to keep our country in the free spirited environment we love. Among those who continue to make a special contribution are the members and the families of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, the “SAS”.

By the very nature of its roles and tasks in areas of conflicts across the world there is a continuous yet unpublished burden on the Special Air Service Regiment, which impacts upon the mental and physical health of it’s members and their families. In simple terms, continuous exposure to clear and present danger in training and operations has a cumulative effect on psyche each soldier, their spouse, and their children;  This effect is not experienced by the general Australian Defence Force community who do not regularly participate in the same “up tempo” Special Forces operations.

During early 2009 the concept of an additional “role specific” dimension of care for members of the Special Air Service Regiment and their families was proposed to the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment as a method of enhancing and supplementing existing physical and mental health programs within the Australian Defence Force.  By late 2009 the concept was formally endorsed, and raised as Project EXCALIBUR.

 Download Link:  Project EXCALIBUR “Glossy” Brochure, dated February 2013