• Taking on the transition

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    MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Ben Clifton is aiming to help solders transition back into civilian life after returning from active service. PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

    ARMY Reservist Ben Clifton is raising awareness of the difficulty that many veterans find in transitioning back to civilian life.

    Mr Clifton joined the Australian Army in February 1996 and after his initial training was posted to the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and deployed to East Timor on operation Tanager in 2000.

    “After seven years of service I resigned from the full time army and spent two years in the reserves which I found difficult, as did a few of my mates, because at that time there was very little assistance,” he said.

    “It became an easy decision at that stage to get out of the army altogether, but in hindsight I regretted resigning, so six years later I re-joined the reserves and I continue to serve today.

    “In those days I did not transition well from the military to civilian life and I went through a pretty big culture shock.”

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