Former soldier Phillip Thompson OAM is a strong and active advocate for veterans’ employment, health and well-being, which has seen him appointed to national and government boards on mental health, self-harm and suicide. He has competed at the Invictus Games in London and coached at Orlando in 2016.
“As a former serving soldier of the Townsville based 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, the core values of protecting the Australian way of life, freedom of speech, family and reward for effort are all characteristics I proudly carry with me day to day.”
Whilst serving our nation in 2009, Phillip was deployed to Afghanistan where he was wounded in action when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated within one metre of him. The blast resulted in Phillip sustaining severe injuries and being medically evacuated back to Australia. As well as obvious physical injuries from the blast, Phillip also suffered from traumatic brain injury and several other life changing conditions.
“I spent the next several years putting all of my efforts into recovery and coming out the other side stronger than ever before. Today, I am passionate about helping others overcome adversity to become the best versions of themselves.”
Named 2018 Queensland Young Australian of the Year for his work in the veteran community, Phillip also volunteers his time to listen to fellow veterans, and shares his story and his life experiences to empower other injured and ill ex-servicemen and women to have meaningful employment and community involvement.
Phillip is currently employed by a mental well-being and suicide prevention organisation, Selectability. Other roles Phillip currently holds include:
“I strongly believe that the best representation of us is us. It’s why I am so committed to serving my community, and being an ambassador for Bravery Trust, a veteran charity that provides urgent financial assistance to current and former serving members in their time of need.”
CEO Sean Farrell described how proud he was to have Phillip represent Bravery Trust.
“Bravery Trust is extremely thrilled to have Phillip, an outstanding and passionate member of the community as our ambassador. Phillip is a shining example of courage and strength, and we are honoured to have him represent our organisation as we work hard to support our servicemen and women in their times of need.”
From the team at Bravery Trust, thank you for supporting those who serve.