Are you battling with an injury, visible or invisible? Do you need support? Are you seeking help on behalf of a loved one? There are a number of organisations that work to help you, our service people, and your family and friends with mental and physical health, finances, employment and reintegration into society. Here are some organisations that provide support. You don’t have to face this alone.
Defence Family Helpline
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling (24/7)
Defence Families Australia (DFA)
DFA is the government appointed body to represent the views of defence families. It aims to inform government and DVA on the needs of families of the serving community. Families can enlist DFA to lobby the government and policy makers on their behalf.
Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)
DFWA do not provide direct support to veterans and families, instead they aim to advocate on behalf of all members of Australian Defence Services and their families.
War Widows Guild of Australia
The guild is comprised of widowers and widows of fallen servicemen and women. The organisation is a forum for those who have lost their significant other in service and represents the needs of these people on a governmental level.
Bravery Trust provides veterans and their families who have suffered as a result of service with financial support.
Veterans Off The Streets Australia (VOTSA)
VOTSA provides support to veterans and their families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. They help individuals to find safe temporary accommodation and raise awareness about the growing issue of ex-service homelessness.
Mental Health Services
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Reach a trained mental health professional 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 and share your concerns – both big and small.
Lifeline is a national organisation providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour support and suicide prevention services. To speak with someone, call 13 11 14.
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
Founded by Vietnam veterans, this free, confidential and 24/7 service is open to all Australian veterans and their families, ensuring they have access to specialised mental health and wellbeing support. To speak to a VVCS counsellor, please call 1800 011 046.
Legacy Australia comprises 48 member clubs Australia-wide and one London-based club. The organisation provides monetary services and care to veterans and their families, and advocate on their behalf.
Mates4Mates provide support to veterans and their families nationally, assisting with physical and psychological rehabilitation as well as employment, education and social connection. Additionally, Mates4Mates operate family recovery centres across three different locations and host rehabilitation adventure challenges.
Returned and Services League of Australia Ltd (RSL)
Founded with a view to continue the mateship and camaraderie developed by all in the armed forces, the RSL aims to help veterans and families by offering financial and health related assistance. The RSL also enables all Australians pay their respects to our servicemen and women.
Solider On assists our wounded warriors, focusing on optimising mental and physical health to ensure a bright future for veterans.
Founded by the May brothers, Young Veterans provides a means for today’s veterans to openly discuss their individual war experiences in the hope that it will assist them, and other veterans, into reintegrating into the civilian population. The organisation was born of the disconnect between veterans of previous conflicts and contemporary returned servicemen and women. Uniquely, Young Veterans meetings are held out of work hours so that they are accessible to young people who have young families and full time jobs.
Find additional information about your local ex-service organisations here: https://www.dva.gov.au/contact/ex-service-organisations.