Meet the advocates: 10 RSL NSW members serving the veterans’ community

A snapshot of 10 advocates providing free compensation and wellbeing services to veterans and families across the state.

At a glance:

  • Advocates help provide essential support to veterans claiming liability and compensation from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Volunteer advocates work out of RSL sub-Branches and paid advocates are employed by RSL LifeCare Veteran Services.
  • Training is possible via the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP).
  • Advocates based in the Nowra and Riverina Veteran Wellbeing Centres also provide services to the surrounding regions.

RSL NSW sub-Branches are home to a community of advocates passionate about supporting veterans and their families. Some are volunteers, and some administer claims services via direct employment by RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, the partner charity of RSL NSW.

These advocates provide   advocacy, claims and appeals support when claiming liability and compensation from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Specifically, advocates can aid with or help to provide:

  • Connections to health services
  • Connections to housing support and rehabilitation
  • Education schemes
  • Lodging DVA claims
  • DVA services and benefits
  • Transitioning to civilian life
  • Preparing appeals to the Veterans’ Review Board and Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Advocates can pursue training via the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) and gain a qualification in either the compensation or wellbeing competency stream.

To canvas the extent of free support and services available to veterans and their families when making a DVA claim, here’s a snapshot of 10 advocates from Lismore to the Riverina.

Click each advocate’s card below to read their bio.

 

These are just some of the many advocates on hand to help around the state. Contact RSL LifeCare Veteran Services or visit your local RSL NSW sub-Branch to be put in touch with an advocate near you.

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