Our Mates

Australian Veterans head to Toronto for Invictus Games

A total of 43 Australian veteran athletes (including 20 from Queensland) will compete in the third Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, from September 23-30. RSL Queensland is providing financial support via RSL National to help train the Queensland team.Read more

Darlene Brown: Taking it to the Limit

Navy veteran Darlene Brown finds relief from PTSD in pushing her body to the limit.Read more

Toogoom's Invictus Games Hero

Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch member Daniel ‘Stix’ Parker will be one of 43 Australian athletes competing in the Invictus Games in Toronto from September 23-30.Read more

Reporting from the Front Lines

Watching Darren Curtis on the Nine News bulletin, few people would realise that he lives a double life. But behind the façade of mild-mannered reporter, Darren is also a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve.Read more

Honouring Our Indigenous Veterans

As part of Reconciliation Week, the military service of Australia’s Indigenous armed forces was acknowledged at the Indigenous Veterans’ Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square on May 31. Read more

Ian Baker: Kicking RAEMUS Rover into Gear

In this first of a three-part series focusing on some of the veterans behind the RSL RAEMUS Rover program, we meet the program's creator, Ian Baker. Read more

RACE2RECOVERY to Partner with RSL RAEMUS Rover

The RSL RAEMUS Rover has recently partnered with Race2Recovery in an endeavour to be better assist ex-servicemen and women. Read more

Kym Whalley: Standing Proud

In recognition of the ANZAC Centenary, the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation celebrated the poppy as a symbol of strength, resilience and stability of women over the past 100 years. Twelve women between the ages of 22 and 94 came together to share their own personal, unique stories to inspire others who are facing similar challenges; Kym Whalley is one of these inspiring women. Kym provided combat and humanitarian support in modern-day conflicts, and is as much a veteran as anyone who has donned a military uniform in defence of our country. Read more

In the Spotlight: Rob Skoda, Veteran Services Manager

Rob Skoda, an ex-Flight Lieutenant in Ground Force Defence, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), enlisted at 20 years old and served for 12 years. Rob, originally from Western Australia, now lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and two children and joined RSL (Queensland Branch) earlier this year, as Veteran Services Manager. This is Rob’s story of his time in service and aspirations on how the RSL strives to continue providing the best support to our veterans and their families.Read more

Veteran Services Western Queensland Tour

Western Queensland has a strong tradition when it comes to military service and commemoration. Decades later and the communities in the west of the state are not only still providing recruits to the Australian Defence Force, but are maintaining their responsibility to the veterans who settled there and continue to live in some of the most remote areas of Queensland.Read more

Personal Reflections on Timor Awakening

I am a veteran managing depression. For many veterans like me, mental illness is a private nightmare that becomes a public humiliation as well as a disaster for loved ones. The consequences include relationship breakdown, substance abuse, unemployment and suicide. I have been publicly humiliated by my illness. I am divorced. I have lost my job. I am managing my illness much better now and have another job. I am writing to share the effects of the Timor Awakening program on me and others.Read more

Timor Awakens

“Timor-Leste is a country that is peaceful, unexplored, rich in culture and a significant shared history with the Australian Military. It’s a country full of veterans and civilians that have suffered unimaginable atrocities, hardship, trauma and oppression; a people who have exhibited incredible resilience, reconciled with their foes and are moving forward,” described Michael Stone of Veterans Care.Read more

Digger's Rest: A Soldier's Retreat

“We’ve got to look after our younger guys,” states Nick Forster-Jones, who, along with his wife Karen, have been doing just that for the last 18 months on their private property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which they’ve adapted and opened up to veterans in need of a break.Read more

Phil Thompson: A Life In Motion

For veteran Phil Thompson, there is life pre-deployment and life post-deployment. Not much of his life before Afghanistan remains in his memory; not much of what happened last week does either. But there is one thing for certain: Phil’s work with veterans will leave a lasting legacy.Read more

Welcome Home Parade and RSL Centenary Family Fun Day

Brisbane residents welcomed home soldiers who were involved in 7th Brigade Middle East Region Force Elements as they marched through the streets of the city on 17 September. As the parade concluded at the City Botanic Gardens, RSL (Queensland Branch) hosted a Family Fun Day for the troops and their families, as a way to say ‘thank you’ and to celebrate the RSL’s centenary.Read more

Exercise Diamond Sprint

Having grown up in Rockhampton, I was acutely aware of the military training facility at Shoalwater Bay, located north-east of the Central Queensland town. Each year we would feel the military presence as vehicles with army-toned camouflage rolled through town. Many years later, it was surreal to be standing atop a hill overlooking a live-fire exercise being held in the bushland of the exercise area.Read more

Trojan's Trek: Breaking Down Barriers in the Bush

Sitting around a campfire in pristine wilderness north of Adelaide, Peter Keith listened as a Vietnam veteran spoke of things about his military experience that he’d never said out loud before. ‘Moose’ Dunlop embraced the comfort he felt in that setting and opened up. Read more

Pennie's Story: The Road to Recovery

On the surface Pennie Looker seems like someone who has it all – a big smile, a wonderful husband and three children. But behind the brave face, Pennie faces challenges every day as she struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is the story of how Pennie was medically discharged after 19 years in the Australian Army, and the major stepping stones in her journey towards recovery.Read more

Raemus Rover: Off-Road and Back On Track

At a time when post traumatic stress disorder is becoming more widely diagnosed and accepted among the Defence community, a group of knock-about veterans have found a way to help others navigate the rough terrain of life – through off-road racing.Read more

Timor Awakening

“East Timor is a country that is absolutely peaceful right now and has been for years, and that’s partly to do with the positive intervention of Australian troops,” said Michael Stone, as he prepares to recall his extraordinary professional and personal relationship with one of Australia’s closest geographic neighbours.Read more

Relevance of RSL Today

From the tents providing refuge for returned soldiers in 1916 and the early social support groups that formed as a result of seeking commonality, today’s RSL has evolved to be the largest ex-service organisations in Queensland.Read more

Trojan's Trek: Road to recovery

Veteran Brett has been suffering from the effects of PTSD for four years. Having joined the Royal Australian Army straight out of high school, Brett was a Transport Driver and deployed to the Solomon Islands with Operation ANODE, performing patrols and acting as the Combat First Aider for his section.Read more

Dane Mulligan: New Lease On Life

For former soldier Dane Mulligan and his family, the last few years have challenged them beyond their imagination. But after years of battling the health system, they turned back to the RSL for support, and are now happier than ever.Read more

Michael Harding: On a Mission

‘Young veteran’ is not a label that resonates with every member of the Defence force who has served in Afghanistan. But for 27-year-old Michael Harding, he can’t escape the literal sense of the phrase: he is young, and he is a veteran.Read more

Shining The Light On Defence Women

“We know more than 68,000 women served in the two world wars and that thousands more have served in Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the many peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, Africa, Cambodia, East Timor and the Solomons,” Mr Cameron CSC said.Read more

Keeping The Peace

October 24 marks United Nations Day; the anniversary of the UN Charter in 1945. Since this time, over 30,000 Australians have served in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world. Often suffering in silence, their service was frequently dismissed as being less significant than those who served in combat, but as John Enchong explains, the emotional scars of service in a ‘war-like’ zone are just as painful.Read more

Tony Dell: Standing Tall

Australian Test Cricketer Tony Dell put his burgeoning career on hold to serve in Vietnam, and remains the only veteran of any conflict since 1945 to have represented his country in our national sporting pastime. 40 years later, Tony was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is now dedicated to raising awareness and generating discussion around this debilitating disorder.Read more

Mates4Mates

Mates4Mates supports current and former Australian Defence Force members and their immediate families.Read more

Battle Buddies

Rebecca Houghton sits beside her long-time friend and partner, Michael, as she begins to detail her side of their story. When Michael was involved in a combat incident in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of his 2IC and friend, Rebecca’s support would become even more important to him.Read more