Can Volunteering Benefit Your Mental Health?

Transitioning out of Defence can be a challenging time. Without the structure and mateship of military life veterans can feel isolated and may find it hard to break into civilian social circles.

The Silent Soldiers of Naours

Within hidden chambers inside caves in northern France, an incredible secret of the Great War was recently rediscovered – the signatures and graffiti of French, English and Australian soldiers etched over 100 years ago.

ANZAC Flag Mystery Solved

The mystery of the ANZAC- emblazoned flag hanging in St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane has been solved, thanks to the work of historian Denzil Scrivens.

Finding Purpose in a Grey Shirt

Army veteran Elaine Gallagher says volunteering with Team Rubicon Australia at the Invictus Games in Sydney was rewarding, empowering and an ultimately healing experience.

Running 1500km in search of resilience

With the unrelenting Queensland sun beating down on him, Wayne McMurtrie ran a gruelling 1500 kilometres over 22 days – about 68km a day – from Brisbane to Winton in Central West Queensland. His goal was to highlight the resilience and determination required by veterans in their journey home from war.

Rudland's Reach Honours Aussie Army Commando

Gold Coast apartment block Rudland’s Reach – the RSL Art Union’s richest ever prize – has a worthy namesake.

Freedom Sounds: A Joyous Celebration of the Armistice

RSL Queensland organised the afternoon of homegrown music to mark the Centenary of the Armistice. The concert echoed the incredible scenes of jubilation that broke out in cities and towns across Australia when peace was declared at the end of WWI.

Vietnam Veteran gives back to the country he fought in

Vietnam veteran Derek Smith developed a special connection to the country in which he once fought. Since 2007, the Townsville Sub Branch member has visited Vietnam 16 times and written a book about his wartime service that helped fund orphanages and community projects in the country.

Meet a Member - Leone Wilson

Leone Eugenie Wilson OAM joined the WRAAF in 1962, however, she had to wait until 1982 to join the RSL when the eligibility criteria was expanded.

Coping with the pressures of Christmas

Although Christmas is often a time to celebrate, many people find the holiday season stressful. Just the expectation that one should be ‘merry’ or ‘jolly’ over the festive season is enough for a person to feel stressed and overwhelmed during this time.

The Beaufighter Team: Brothers in Arms

When two ‘Colonials’ joined the Royal Air Force, a life-long friendship was forged and a stealth duo took to the night skies.

Campaign for Commemoration

For David Mattiske, now 93 years old, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 was the highlight of his short, but significant, Naval career.

A Tale of Two Soldiers

November 10, 1918 – the eve of the Armistice. Two brothers serving in different areas of France were reunited by chance, spending the final hours of the war together in safety and brotherly comradeship. Their nephew, Alan Barker, tells the serendipitous story of his uncles.

Great Things Come In Small Packages

Grade seven student Evelien M, from Brisbane North District, won RSL Education competition Capturing the Past. The competition asked secondary school students to interview a veteran and tell their story, to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.

ANZAC Square - Final Stage of Restoration

This year will realise the final stage of the restoration and enhancement of Queensland’s beloved state war memorial, ANZAC Square.

Freedom Sounds - Free Armistice Centenary Concert Nov. 11!

Echoing the scenes of jubilation that took place following the signing of the Armistice, Brisbane will mark 100 years since the end of WWI with a joyous free concert

Marathon Effort in Memory of WWII Veteran Grandpa

Each year on ANZAC Day, Sally Cameron pays tribute to her Pa by running from Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast to Coolangatta/Tweed on the NSW border in what has now become a tradition and an honour.

Back To School For RSL

Delegates at this year’s State Congress got the first glimpse of RSL Queensland’s new education portal – RSL Education.

A Boy and His Black Lab: Paws For Hope and Understanding

When out in public with his beloved owner, Pozer the black Labrador is on a mission: stay as close as possible to Trae’s left leg. The devoted dog provides a protective barrier from the everyday bumps and knocks that cause his owner agonising pain and sometimes require surgery.

Sun rises on Brisbane streets to mark ANZAC Centenary

As part of its Streets of Remembrance project, Brisbane City Council has placed the Australian Defence Force Rising Sun badge and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) badge on streets that share the same names as people, places or events of historical significance to the ANZAC campaign from 1915.

Recognising Aussie Nurses

A bronze statue at the cenotaph in Cleveland, featuring a wounded soldier being comforted by a nurse, is the proud result of one man’s mission to pay tribute to the many Australian nurses who served in various conflicts past and present.

Meet A Member - Jeff Casson

Jeff Casson, Member of Kawana Waters RSL Sub Branch

A Life of Service

For many members of the RSL, the name Vic Reading is synonymous with dedication, selflessness and cheeky humour. Vic’s contribution to the cause was recently immortalised, with the naming of the newly refurbished Pension and Welfare Centre at Redcliffe RSL in his honour; a fitting tribute to one of the RSL’s true contributors.

Volunteering Brings Smiles and Happiness

Volunteering not only benefits the community, it brings happiness to volunteers, says Mudgeeraba Robina RSL Sub Branch member Allan Howard, who was awarded the City of Gold Coast Meritorious Award for 2017.

Meet Townsville FRC's Veterans Services Officers

It’s hard to describe the work of an RSL Queensland Veterans Services Officer (VSO). You know the person in a team that’s the quiet achiever? They’re an integral piece of the puzzle but aren’t ever in the spotlight. They usually take a backseat and are sometimes overlooked, but without them you’d never reach the end goal – that’s a VSO.

Meet A Member - Josh Savari

Josh Sarvari joined Caloundra RSL Sub Branch in 2016 after joining the Air Force.

Piecing Together The Puzzle

For young veteran Dylan Rushby, reaching out to the RSL proved life-changing. The 31-year-old had been struggling physically and mentally in recent years, but has now regained control of his life and credits the support of his RSL Advocates and Wellbeing Program for his transformation.

Could Adventure Be Part of Your Journey To Recovery

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation investigates the role adventure therapy programs can play in improving the health and wellbeing of former service personnel.

When Sledging With Your Mates Is OK

While only new to Queensland, para ice hockey is an exhilarating, fullcontact sport rapidly gaining fans within the Australian Defence Force.

The Little Stowaway and Other Stories of Courage and Compassion

Vicki Bennett has made a career of telling the little-told Australian stories of WWI.

Recognising Indigenous service

On May 31, wreaths will be laid at the Shrine of Remembrance to honour a group of people whose service and sacrifice is often overlooked in the telling of Australia’s military history.

Home Away From Home For Regional Veterans

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Auchenflower, is a block of units with a special purpose – to provide short-term accommodation for veterans needing to visit Brisbane for medical treatment.

Life Beyond War

For years, veteran Anna Maria Lang found few resources specifically to help female veterans. So, drawing on her own experiences, she wrote a book to help women heal their invisible wounds and move forward with their lives.

Learning To Be Happy

Ashlea Henley, 25, is a veteran of the Royal Australian Navy and a mentor for Trojan’s Trek, an RSL-supported initiative designed to help veterans struggling to cope with life outside the military.

Veteran Wellbeing At Heart of RSL Moreton District Office

It may have been pouring rain, but that didn’t keep members from across the Ipswich region from celebrating the official opening of the new RSL Moreton District office on March 7.

RSL Employment Program Enabling New Career Paths

Thanks to RSL Queensland, veterans and their partners across the state can access an innovative new employment program to help them transition out of the Defence Force and find meaningful work in the civilian job market.

The Meaning of ANZAC

We all know the story of the brave Australian and New Zealand soldiers, who climbed into boats and rowed towards the foreign shore of Gallipoli, unaware of the battle they were about to face. As the sun begins to rise each year on April 25, tens of thousands of Australians gather at local RSLs and war memorials across the country to commemorate their legacy. But what is the true meaning of ANZAC Day and has it stood the test of time?

Do You Have Information About The Kyoomba Military Hospital

Do you have information, stories, memorabilia or photographs about the Kyoomba Military Hospital, its patients or its staff? Or do you know anyone connected to the hospital?

The GP and Me

How to build a relationship that could save your life.

Cricket Match Honouring ANZACS Scores Big

An annual cricket match that pays tribute to the ANZAC spirit has been named Community Event of the Year in Brisbane City Council’s Australia Day Awards. The Shell Green T20 Cricket Match, organised by Kenmore-Moggill RSL Sub Branch, has been held in the leafy outer Brisbane suburb of Brookfield since 2012.

The Importance of Reunions and The RSL

Royal Australian Armoured Corps officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Scott says reunions offer an opportunity for veterans, both current and ex-serving, to reconnect and move forward together.

Parade Review Ensures Veterans Are Honoured

Brisbane’s 102-year-old ANZAC Day parade has undergone a major review, with the aim of ensuring it continues to honour all who have served both Australia and Allied forces.

Sub Branch Highlights Role In Cooktown Community

More than 20 per cent of the Cooktown community attended a free community day at ANZAC Memorial Park, organised by Cooktown RSL Sub Branch.

Young Veterans In Focus At Currumbin

Currumbin RSL Sub Branch’s Young Veterans Support Services program is helping young veterans find their feet in the civilian job market.

Honour. Integrity. Courage. In Service and Recovery

Luke Halabi enlisted in the Australian Army to build a legacy for his family. But after discharging from the Army in 2014, he found that legacy slipping when he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

First Lady of The Fleet Farewelled

The Australian Navy’s most senior commissioned ship sailed her final voyage in November last year.

Surf, Sun and Sea Wash Worries Away

The Association of Veteran Surfers is working to build a strong, healthy, active veteran community through surf, sun and mateship.

Digger The Devoted War Dog

The remarkable service of Digger, a brown and white bulldog who devoted himself to Sergeant James Harold Martin during his three and a half years with the AIF during WWI, is a story of true mateship and the enduring ANZAC spirit.

Beersheba: The Last Great Mounted Charge

October 31, 2017 marks the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba.

The Youngest Prisoners of War

Born in an internment camp in Hong Kong in 1942, 75-year-old Barbara Laidlaw has begun making sense of her unusual childhood and is searching for others who share her unique story.

In Search of a WWI Digger: Can You Help?

THE young geologist had found an Australian Imperial Force (AIF) group portrait, with a cross inked above a soldier in the photo – indicating the man who was his Australian great-grandfather. Sadly, no name was inscribed on the photo and Jean was left in the dark about his identity.

Meet A Member - Judith Munday

Secretary of the Ex-Servicewomen’s RSL Sub Branch, Company/ Board Secretary of RSL South Eastern District Ltd and the first woman to be appointed to the State Tribunal, Judith Munday OAM has a long and varied service history.

RSL Welcomes Torres Strait Chapter

Veterans from across the Torres Strait Island communities can now join the RSL, following the formation of the Torres Strait Chapter of Far Northern District on Thursday Island.

75th Anniversary of a Decisive Sea Battle

On March 2, 1943, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the US Fifth Air Force attacked a Japanese convoy carrying troops to Lae, New Guinea. The Battle of the Bismarck Sea was disastrous for the Japanese, who suffered heavy losses during the three-day battle. Japan’s original war objective was to quickly gain ownership of territories that met its strategic needs and establish a defensible perimeter around them. At the southern edge of this territory were Java, New Guinea and New Britain.

Doctors and Veterans Break Down Health Barriers

RSL Queensland and the Australian Medical Association Queensland have joined forces to improve the healthcare of veterans across the state.

The Home They Deserve

A deserving Defence family in Nambour was given a much-appreciated home makeover, thanks to the suggestion of an RSL Queensland Veteran Services Officer, who was assisting them with a Department of Veterans’ Affairs claim.

Tara Pitt: Mates4Mates Ambassador

She divided the nation on this year’s Australian Survivor but runner-up Tara Pitt is uniting veterans across the country in her new role as a Mates4Mates Ambassador. “It was hard going through all of the different feelings and realising that your bestfriend, your hero, the man you rang any time you had a problem, wasn’t there anymore,” Tara said. Mates4Mates is an initiative of RSL Queensland.

WWII Bomber Fighting Fit At 92

Ninety-two-year-old Kedron-Wavell RSL Sub Branch member Bob Walker reflects on his time with the Royal Australian Air Force heavy bomber force during WWII – the first heavy bomber group ever commanded by the RAAF.

WWII Digger Reunited With Father's Trench Art Legacy

WWII Digger Reunited With Father's Trench Art Legacy

Historic Navy Statue Unveiled

An imposing two-metre bronze sailor now takes pride of place at Brisbane's Southbank.

The Ipswich Train Tea Society

This Remembrance Day, the Joint Ipswich Region ANZAC Centenary Committee will honour a special group of local ladies who made a valuable contribution to WWI. The Ipswich Train Tea Society was a caring and committed crew of women who demonstrated their appreciation to soldiers when they returned from the Western Front.

All Creatures Great & Small

A permanent memorial to the millions of animals killed or wounded in WWI has been unveiled in Pozieres, France.

Young Veterans: Bridging The Generation Gap

Since 2015, the Sunshine Coast Young Veterans RSL group has provided an opportunity to connect with mates, enjoy a healthy lifestyle and transition back into civilian life surrounded by a supportive community.

Poppy Services Provide A Fitting Farewell

Each year, hardworking Sub Branch volunteersprovide hundreds of poppy services around Queensland to honour the contribution of servicemen and women who have passed away.

Cameron Sherwood: Re-igniting The Spark

In this final article in a three-partseries focusing on some of the veterans behind the RSL RAEMUS Rover program, we meet Cameron Sherwood, a car enthusiast who says the program has given him back the brotherhood and camaraderie he enjoyed in the military.

Maryborough Celebrates 100 Years of Mateship

Maryborough RSL celebrated its centenary wita free community family fair at the Brolga Theatre and an anniversary dinner on October 14.

PTSD Initiative: Research to Restore Lives

A guide to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and your Physical Health. An initiative of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation and RSL Queensland.

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?

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.

Support From The Top

Supported by RSL Queensland, the Human Performance Framework has three main pillars – the Vasey Resilience Centre, which builds soldiers’ performance before deployment, Geckos Family Centre, which looks after soldiers’ families, and the Soldier Recovery Centre, which helps rehabilitate soldiers when they return from service.