Soldier On WA State manager Daniel Fogarty said the independent national charity provided support to former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who had returned from service with physical or psychological wounds, and their families since 1990.
The WA operation, established in WA about 18 months ago by two volunteers, gained its first employee in December and is based at an office provided by the South of Perth Yacht Club (SoPYC) at Coffee Point in Applecross.
Mr Fogarty said the branch ran a weekly learn to sail program on an Etchell yacht donated by the SoPYC, where a partnership had also been formed with fellow tenant Cam Can, an organisation that helps people with disability and their families live in the community.
�We had some sailors, former defence personnel, who enjoyed learning to sail on the Etchell so much that they helped crew a vessel in the 2014 Sydney to Hobart race,� Mr Fogarty said.
�The yacht they were on, Southern Excellence, finished ninth with line honours.�