Appeal helps veterans

A good cause: Campbelltown RSL sub-branch secretary Rodney Armstrong and vice president Warren Browning will sell commerative pins in support of DefenceCare.
A good cause: Campbelltown RSL sub-branch secretary Rodney Armstrong and vice president Warren Browning will sell commerative pins in support of DefenceCare.

The annual Anzac Appeal is now underway and local Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub-branches need your support.

The appeal raises funds for RSL DefenceCare which runs grassroots programs to directly assist veterans.

Campbelltown RSL Sub-branch senior vice president and Vietnam veteran Warren Browning, said returning service men and women needed support now more than ever.

“There are a lot of young people coming back from places like Afghanistan and Iraq who need our help,” he said.

“This is a totally different war so when they come back they need all the support they can get.

“The horrors of war are hard to understand unless you have experienced it yourself.”

The horrors of war are hard to understand unless you have experienced it yourself.

Warren Browning

DefenceCare has experienced a 27 per cent increase in requests for assistance from veterans and their families in NSW.

The organisation hopes to raise a total of $1.5 million this year.

“Badges start at $2 and we are grateful when people purchase whatever they can afford,” Mr Browning said.

“Every little bit helps.”

The pins are available in different designs including poppy, navy, air force and army motifs.

They are available for sale in the Campbelltown RSL Club foyer.

Volunteers will also have the pins for sale at Campbelltown, Macarthur and Leumeah train stations in the lead up to Anzac Day.

DefenceCare provides a number of services to assist veterans including counselling, bereavement and advocacy services.

“DefenceCare helps to look after our veterans,” Mr Browning said.

“The government offers support but it is never enough so any donations are much appreciated.”

DefenceCare general manager Robyn Collins said the mental health of returning service men and women was of the utmost importance.

“We see the human face of these statistics play out on a daily basis, with the mental health issues faced by many veterans exacerbated by chronic physical pain as a result of their service to our country,” she said.

”The Anzac Appeal encourages all Australians to celebrate the courage of our veterans and the personal battles many face when they are back home.”

For more information, visit: anzacappeal.com.au.