Circular 32/24 Donations to 2024 VSF initiatives close on 30 June

A reminder that donations to the Veteran Support Fund (VSF) 2024 initiatives will close on 30 June. If your sub-Branch intends to contribute to a current VSF initiative, please plan to do so before the conclusion of the 23/24 financial year.

Some initiatives have already reached their financial goal, so please check the dashboard on the SOP1 page before making a donation. There are a number of VSF initiatives that are still under-subscribed, including RSL NSW partner charity, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services.

Contributions to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services are instrumental in ensuring veterans and their families across NSW can continue to access free support and services. Since RSL NSW sub-Branches donated $3.3 million last year, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services has been able to:

  • Provide 305 cases of financial assistance, totaling $329,365
  • Assist 110 veterans with housing and homelessness support
  • Provide 3,361 nights of safe shelter and accommodation to veterans experiencing homelessness
  • Help 693 veterans to lodge 3,014 DVA claims
  • Lodge 195 new VRB appeals, complete 275 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation discussions and represent at 29 full VRB Board Hearings
  • Facilitate 306 veterans or partners to receive employment assistance or training opportunities
  • Guide 95 veterans through horse handling and riding courses

As RSL NSW and RSL LifeCare establish more Veterans’ & Families’ Hubs in NSW, financial support from sub-Branches is critical to ensure that veterans and their families can access local services, including wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing assistance, social connection, and physical and mental health services.

Please consult members attached to your sub-Branch about supporting RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, or other current VSF initiatives, with your surplus funds before 30 June.

Donations for the 2025 VSF initiatives will open when they are announced on 1 August 2024.