Benjamin Webb is the Centre Managerat the Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches with the objective of providing a holistic service to veteran families on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This Centre will be a focal point for the Veteran community offering support, assistance and a voice to raise awareness of the challenges they face.
Ben enlisted into the Royal Australian Artillery in February 2001 after completing year 12 studies at school. After Recruit and Corp specific training Ben was posted to 8/12 MDM REGT in Darwin. During this period Ben participated in border protection and was promoted to Lance Bombardier in April 2003.
Later that year, Ben successfully applied for a transfer to Royal Australian Electrical Mechanical Engineersas an Electrical Technician.
In November 2007, Ben was posted to 10 FSB (Townsville) and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009/2010, for which he was awarded a Commendation. He was then promoted to Corporal December 2010.
Ben sustained many injuries throughout service career and these became prevalent in 2011. Numerous physical injuries and chronic pain syndrome became unmanageable and subsequently Ben developed severe depression.
Ben was medically discharged from service in October 2013.
Throughout 2014 Ben focused on his rehabilitation and during this time began voluntary work with Soldier On as their health and fitness coordinator in South Australia. Ben found this role incredibly rewarding, not only due to those he was assisting, but the role became an integral part of his personal recovery.
Ben was selected to attend the 2014 Invictus Games representing Australia. The experience was another key milestone in Ben’s recovery.
One of the key reasons for Ben’s relocation to the Northern Beaches was the sense of community. Ben now lives in Cromer with his partner Yan, and is proud to call the Northern Beaches home.