RACE2RECOVERY Rolls into Australia to Partner with RSL RAEMUS Rover

The RSL RAEMUS Rover has recently partnered with Race2Recovery in an endeavour to be better assist ex-servicemen and women.

The Story of ANZAC Day

April 25, 1915 marks the day Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey which started the first major military action fought by the Australia and New Zealand services during World War One. The goal of the intervention was to clear a passage through the Dardanelles for the allied navies to access and capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) which was the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany.

Australia's Proud Military Heritage

Australia’s proud military heritage began with the arrival of three companies of marines with the first fleet. Our heritage, customs, traditions and discipline can be traced back to this time.

Australia's Military History: Interactive Timeline

Australia's Military and RSL history on an interactive timeline

The Bombing of Darwin: A Survivor's Story

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.

Flanders Fields Memorial Garden

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.

Emu Park Memorial

For the small coastal community of Emu Park, in Central Queensland, the new Centenary of ANZAC Memorial project is not only a dedication to those who have fought for our country, but a striking and moving destination on the ‘must see’ list of travelling veterans.

RSL Community Link: Commemoration of our Fallen

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.

RSL Queensland: A Grassroots Support Network

As troops returned from the First World War they began to form a support network that extended from the smallest rural communities to the largest cities. They gathered in homes and halls and relied on each other for a shoulder to lean on and an ear to hear them out.

Kym Whalley: Standing Proud

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.

In the Spotlight: Rob Skoda, Veteran Services Manager

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.

Paul Warren: Coming Full Circle

Veteran Paul Warren’s past is well-documented; his book, The Fighter, details his Muay Thai fighting career, turning points that lead to him joining the army, and the events of 18 July, 2009 that changed his life forever. But in the years since, Paul’s goals to help other veterans overcome their physical and mental challenges through sport have – and are continuing – to come to fruition.

Shining The Light On Defence Women

“We know more than 68,000 women served in the two world wars and that thousands more have served in Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the many peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, Africa, Cambodia, East Timor and the Solomons,” Mr Cameron CSC said.

Soldier To Civilian: The Journey Home

Imagine losing your identity, your job, and your purpose – all on the same day.  It might sound like an absurd prospect to civilians, but for our service personnel it is the reality that some feel confronted with as they discharge from the Defence Force and transition into civilian society. In this article, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation provide an insight into the direction of their most recent research project.

Vasey Resilience Centre

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?

Veteran Services Opens New Chapter For Veteran

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.

RSL Adaptive Sports

In response to the rapid interest and growth of adaptive sports internationally and here in Australia, RSL (Queensland Branch) is encouraging current and ex-serving men and women to get involved in adaptive sports programs.