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People We Help

David

Since leaving the Army, David has found it difficult to adjust back to civilian life. For many years he has struggled with physical injuries and mental ill-health. He has also experienced significant instability in employment, moving regularly in and out of a variety of jobs.

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Julie and Colin

Colin served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from the age of sixteen, 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.

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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 recently helped by RSL DefenceCare following the impact of bush fire, excessive rain and then drought.

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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 Australian Air Force in both the air and fuel movements. There were some incredible highs and devastating lows for Nicole during this time.

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Jim

Jim joined the Navy at 22 years old. He trained as a chef at sea and on shore. He enjoyed the first five years of his service but began struggling with mental ill health in 2015. With support from RSL DefenceCare, Jim is now taking small steps to make big changes in his life.

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