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Military Life

139 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


106.The Younger Heroes-Helping ADF Parents connect with their Children

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to the Founder and Manager of the not-for-profit organisation The Younger Heroes, a program designed to reconnect current and former ADF members with their children.


Damien and I also talk about;

  • How his experience as a military kid and the death of a mate led him to start the Younger Heroes
  • Why starting an organisation that brought parents and children together for a 3 day/2 night experience in nature was the answer
  • The time, research and tears that went into developing the Younger Heroes program
  • How the Younger Heroes program allows current and former ADF members the space to reconnect with their children in a technology-free environment
  • The change the program has undergone along the way and why it went from being a Father/Son program to including all ADF members and their children
  • How the program works on creating and strengthening the bonds with your children
  • The household trauma some children experience watching a parent face mental health struggles and why this program helps
  • The lack of support and programs that exist for Veteran parents and their children
  • Teaching parents and children how to communicate and talk about their problems
  • Why the program isn’t just for those Veterans who have PTSD but also for those who have had deployments, separations and periods of disconnect from their children
  • The importance of having a positive impact on a child’s wellbeing early on to prevent future mental health challenges or trauma
  • Future plans for Younger Heroes and why Damien would love to offer a program for Defence Partners and Defence Families.
  • Who can signup for the Younger Heroes program and how


To find out more about the Younger Heroes program or to signup for a future program visit the website by clicking this link 

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