“I learnt how good our friends are”: The wife of a veteran shares the impact of service on family

How RSL NSW offers a vital support network to Gillian and Rachael Cosgrove-White, and how the pair planned for children around the commitments of service.

By Lachlan Haycock and Isabella Bonnell

The service of veterans in and after Defence also affects their family members, partners and children.

RSL NSW and its members stand steadfast alongside veterans and their families, ready to provide connection and support through every phase of their journey.

As the wife of a Navy veteran who has frequently been deployed, Gillian Cosgrove-White has a deep appreciation for how the impact of service extends beyond the individual veteran.

Her wife Rachael Cosgrove-White is a member of Mascot RSL sub-Branch and the President of DEFGLIS.

From temporarily acting as the sole parent for two young daughters during her wife’s deployment to finding much-needed support among their network of friends, Gillian has braved some challenging times.

Watch the video below to learn how she and their daughters cope with Rachael’s absence, how RSL NSW has offered a vital support network, and how the pair planned for children in and around the commitments of service.

Watch the Cosgrove-Whites chat with their daughters Sophie and Kaitlyn.

Whether you’ve served for a single day or decades, RSL NSW welcomes veterans of any service length – and any career background – to join the organisation. Access support services and become part of a like-minded community of peers by becoming a member of RSL NSW.

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