RSL NSW donates $3.3 Million to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services

RSL NSW has announced a $3.3 million donation to assist their partner charity RSL LifeCare Veteran Services in continuing to deliver life-changing services and support to veterans and their families.

At a glance: 

  • RSL NSW has presented RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with a $3.3 million donation 
  • 78 RSL NSW sub-Branches contributed to this donation
  • In 2023FY RSL LifeCare assisted 341 veterans experiencing homelessness, provided $682,516 in financial assistance, provided 5,128 nights of accommodation, and lodged 4,460 DVA claims 
  • The $3.3 million donation will help fund the continual delivery of veteran health, DVA claim support and advocacy, housing, employment, financial, wellbeing and disaster support

At the 2023 Annual State Congress and AGM, outgoing RSL NSW President Ray James, incoming RSL NSW President Mick Bainbridge, and sub-Branch representatives presented RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with a $3.3 million donation on behalf of RSL NSW, contributing sub-Branches and Auxiliaries, to support vital services for veterans and their families.  

In 2023FY, thanks to support from RSL NSW, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services was able to:  

  • Assist 341 veterans experiencing homelessness, 
  • Provide $682,516 in financial assistance to veterans and their families, 
  • Help 816 veterans to lodge 4,460 DVA claims, 
  • Facilitate 220 veterans or partners accessing employment support and training opportunities,
  • Provide 5,128 nights of accommodation, and,
  • Lodge 207 new VRB appeals, complete 291 alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation discussions and represent 37 full VRB hearings. 

RSL NSW’s $3.3 million donation will be instrumental in ensuring veterans can continue to access support encompassing veteran health, assistance with DVA claims, advocacy, housing, employment opportunities, financial aid, wellbeing programs, and disaster relief. 

We are grateful for the generous assistance of RSL NSW sub-Branches in helping support the crucial work of RSL LifeCare Veteran Services,” says RSL NSW President, Ray James.  

This substantial donation was made possible through the combined efforts of 78 regional and metropolitan RSL NSW sub-Branches and related organisations, including contributions from RSL NSW Auxiliaries and proceeds from the annual ANZAC and Poppy Appeals.

Notably, five RSL sub-Branches were able to contributed in excess of $200,000 each: Maroubra RSL sub-Branch, Canterbury/Hurlstone Park RSL sub-Branch, Cumberland RSL sub-Branch, Bronte RSL sub-Branch, and City of Bankstown RSL sub-Branch. 

Ray James concluded, “I applaud all RSL NSW members for their support of this important cause, regardless of the scale of their contribution. They are truly embracing our ethos of ‘One RSL’ by supporting veterans and their families, transcending the borders of their local communities.”

Together, RSL NSW and its sub-Branches are making a profound difference in the lives of veterans and their families across the state. To learn more about their collaborative efforts, visit RSL NSW’s website and discover how they are creating opportunities for sub-Branches to work together in support of veterans and their families.

Find out more about the critical services and support that RSL LifeCare Veteran Services delivers to RSL NSW support of veterans and their families. 

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