Every person who comes to the RSL for support or assistance has a different story. Some are young men or women who have returned from active service in other countries who need a helping hand to reconnect with their families and re-integrate into our fast-paced society.Read more
While there has been a significant – and necessary – emphasis on supporting our wounded, injured and ill soldiers for many years, the question has been asked: what if we could prevent some of those things from occurring in the first place? Read more
Australian Defence Force veterans are moving into stunning new homes and re-connecting with old mates after RSL (Queensland Branch) completed the $18m transformation of the Warhaven housing complex. Read more
Veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force who have an injury or illness related to their service, or were discharged on medical grounds, may be entitled to claim compensation for medical expenses and for the impact their illness or injury may have on their ongoing quality of life.Read more
Soil collected from significant military sites across Queensland will be combined with soil from other parts of Australia and the Flanders battlefields in Belgium to create the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden, which will open to the public at the Australian War Memorial in November 2017.Read more
RSL Queensland has committed $6.75 million to research into veteran health initiatives, conducted by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.Read more
While there are hundreds of commemorative services held around the country on ANZAC Day in recognition of the military service of our countrymen and women, there is arguably no greater stage than the Service and March held in our nation’s capital, Canberra. This year, students from the community of Bribie Island will converge on Canberra to participate in the commemorative activities in honour of their local war heroes.Read more
In recognition of the ANZAC Centenary, the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation celebrated the poppy as a symbol of strength, resilience and stability of women over the past 100 years. Twelve women between the ages of 22 and 94 came together to share their own personal, unique stories to inspire others who are facing similar challenges; Kym Whalley is one of these inspiring women.
Kym provided combat and humanitarian support in modern-day conflicts, and is as much a veteran as anyone who has donned a military uniform in defence of our country.
Commemoration of our Fallen has always been a significant part of the RSL’s role, with members joining with the wider community for over 100 years to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But a program developed over 20 years ago by a small Sub Branch took the commemoration a step further, and today hundreds of school students around the state join the RSL Community Link program to honour the Fallen.Read more
Queensland veteran Basil Stahl was on the ground in Darwin when the Japanese attacked on 19 February 1942 during the first raid. Now living on the Sunshine Coast, the 94-year-old RSL member is preparing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the military event.Read more
Rob Skoda, an ex-Flight Lieutenant in Ground Force Defence, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), enlisted at 20 years old and served for 12 years. Rob, originally from Western Australia, now lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and two children and joined RSL (Queensland Branch) earlier this year, as Veteran Services Manager. This is Rob’s story of his time in service and aspirations on how the RSL strives to continue providing the best support to our veterans and their families.Read more
After four years of bloodshed and bombardment, peace descended eerily on Europe’s Western Front at 11am on November 11, 1918.
It was the moment the armistice came into effect – an agreement among Germany and the Allied Powers of France, Great Britain and the USA to end the First World War.
Western Queensland has a strong tradition when it comes to military service and commemoration. Decades later and the communities in the west of the state are not only still providing recruits to the Australian Defence Force, but are maintaining their responsibility to the veterans who settled there and continue to live in some of the most remote areas of Queensland.Read more
Australia's Military and RSL history on an interactive timelineRead more
“We’ve got to look after our younger guys,” states Nick Forster-Jones, who, along with his wife Karen, have been doing just that for the last 18 months on their private property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which they’ve adapted and opened up to veterans in need of a break.Read more
For veteran Phil Thompson, there is life pre-deployment and life post-deployment. Not much of his life before Afghanistan remains in his memory; not much of what happened last week does either. But there is one thing for certain: Phil’s work with veterans will leave a lasting legacy.Read more
For former soldier Dane Mulligan and his family, the last few years have challenged them beyond their imagination. But after years of battling the health system, they turned back to the RSL for support, and are now happier than ever.Read more