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  • RSL DefenceCare – Quarterly update – April-June 2021

    Over the last three months a lot has happened for the veteran community, and Australia as a whole. In April, we were fortunate to be able to return to large scale, in-person commemorative services for ANZAC Day. Unfortunately, COVID-19 outbreaks have once again led to restrictions on how we can travel, gather and connect as […]

  • Jack of All Parades

    Looking for someone who’s done it all? Meet Wayne Dixon – former reservist, firey, ambo, sub-Branch President, homecare volunteer, and more. If there’s a parade going, Wayne probably belongs in it – but he’d say he just likes to help people. I was an Army Reservist for about six years, and I’ve moved around a […]

  • Horse Trekking Course – Trek 1, 2021 – Back in the saddle

    ANZAC Day is a time of remembrance and camaraderie for many veterans; with emotions running high as they reflect on their service and the service of those who came before them. For Max, ANZAC Day 2021 had an added layer of tense anticipation – as he and the team at Spur Ranch prepared for the […]

  • Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide announced

    RSL LifeCare is committed to supporting veterans and their families. We welcome any action by the Federal Government to tackle veteran suicide and will contribute however we can to a Royal Commission. The implementation of existing and future recommendations of any veteran-related inquiry should also be expedited as a matter of urgency. RSL LifeCare Veteran […]

  • RSL DefenceCare – Quarterly update – January-March 2021

    Through the first quarter of 2021, we have continued to support Australian veterans and their families in need. We are focused on the lifetime wellbeing of veterans and provide free welfare support and services to veterans and their families. We offer help with Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims, advocacy at Veterans’ Review Board hearings, housing […]

  • Julie and Colin

    Colin served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from the age of 16, keen to get stuck in and serve his country. 40 years later, alcohol abuse and depression left Colin and his wife Julie on the brink of giving up. During his time in the RAAF, Colin became a member of the Safety […]

  • Annual Update – 2020

    For many, 2020 was a year of change, challenges and uncertainty – but it was also a year of resilience, adaptation and connection. It was no different for the team at RSL DefenceCare as we continued to support Australian veterans and their families through bushfires, homelessness, COVID-19 and many other challenges. While adapting to the […]

  • Lachlan

    After 19 years in the Navy, Lachlan was medically discharged as a result of issues from his service in Iraq. Returning to country NSW with his wife, Lachlan was helped by RSL DefenceCare following the impact of bush fire, excessive rain and then drought. Lachlan originally left the country and joined the Navy out of […]

  • David

    David served with the Australian Army on two occasions and gave almost seven years of service in a variety of roles which included the Infantry and as an Air Dispatcher, Photographer, Clerk, Driver and Instructor. David’s family has strong ties and service in the Australian Defence Force, and he intended to follow in his family’s […]

  • Quarterly Update – July-September 2020

    At RSL DefenceCare we continue to support Australian veterans and their families during times of injury, illness or crisis. We offer help with Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims, advocacy at Veterans’ Review Board hearings and financial assistance. We also provide counselling, support during a crisis or the death of a loved one, housing assistance for […]

  • Nicole

    Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, Nicole joined the Defence Force with a sense of pride. She wanted to honour her grandfather’s memory and was fortunate enough to travel to Papua New Guinea on deployment, not far from where her grandfather had served during WWII – the Kokoda Track. Nicole spent seven years in the Royal […]

  • RSL DefenceCare finds a new home

    A FREE-of-charge service helping Australian veterans and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis, is transferring operations from RSL NSW to RSL LifeCare from this month. Known as RSL DefenceCare, the service helps existing and ex-service Defence personnel and their families with Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims, advocacy at Veterans’ Review Board hearings […]

  • Quarterly Update – April-June 2020

    At RSL DefenceCare we strive to support Australian veterans and their families during times of injury, illness or crisis. We offer help with Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims, advocacy at Veterans’ Review Board hearings and financial assistance. We also provide counselling, support during a crisis or the death of a loved one, housing assistance for […]

  • Quarterly Update – January-March 2020

    At RSL DefenceCare our mission is to meet the needs of Australian veterans and their families seeking help with claims, advocacy and wellbeing. The start of 2020 has been difficult for all Australians, but veterans in particular, have been impacted by the bushfire crisis and now the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. These events have added financial strain […]

  • Annual Update – 2019

    At RSL DefenceCare our mission is to meet the needs of Australian veterans and their families seeking help with claims, advocacy and wellbeing. In 2019, RSL DefenceCare was able to: Provide $926,146 in financial assistanceincluding $127,832 in disaster assistance. Assist 101 veterans experiencing homelessness. Help over 600 veterans to lodge 2028 claimswith DVA. Provide 181 counselling sessionsto veterans and family […]

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