Matina Jewell is a former Major of the Australian Army and she has this great advice around thanking our veterans
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Major Matina Jewell grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17. During her 15 year military career Matina:
- Served on five missions and earned nine military service & war medals
- Is the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for acts of bravery on the battlefield and being wounded in combat
- Was the first woman in the Australian Army to complete the physically demanding Navy divers’ course
- Served with American Navy Seals
- Tracked-down war lords in the Solomon Islands
- Fast-roped from helicopters and boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, and
- Was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.
Medically retired from injuries sustained during the 2006 Lebanon War, Matina served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council and continues to champion change for our injured war veterans.
Among her many honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.
Matina has been featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and now shares her unique insights on leadership and resilience with audiences around the word as a keynote speaker.