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.

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.

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.

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.

RSL Reveals Home for Heroes

Australian Defence Force veterans are moving into stunning new homes and re-connecting with old mates after RSL (Queensland Branch) completed the $18m transformation of the Warhaven housing complex. 

Emu Park Memorial

For the small coastal community of Emu Park, in Central Queensland, the new Centenary of ANZAC Memorial project is not only a dedication to those who have fought for our country, but a striking and moving destination on the ‘must see’ list of travelling veterans.

RSL Queensland: A Grassroots Support Network

As troops returned from the First World War they began to form a support network that extended from the smallest rural communities to the largest cities. They gathered in homes and halls and relied on each other for a shoulder to lean on and an ear to hear them out.

Cutting-Edge Fighter Jets Visit Amberley RAAF Base

Two Australian Joint Strike Fighters touched down in RAAF Amberley prior to their debut at the Australian International Airshow.

The Story of ANZAC Day

April 25, 1915 marks the day Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey which started the first major military action fought by the Australia and New Zealand services during World War One. The goal of the intervention was to clear a passage through the Dardanelles for the allied navies to access and capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) which was the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany.

Australia's Proud Military Heritage

Australia’s proud military heritage began with the arrival of three companies of marines with the first fleet. Our heritage, customs, traditions and discipline can be traced back to this time.

Australia's Military History: Interactive Timeline

Australia's Military and RSL history on an interactive timeline

The Bombing of Darwin: A Survivor's Story

Queensland veteran Basil Stahl was on the ground in Darwin when the Japanese attacked on 19 February 1942 during the first raid. Now living on the Sunshine Coast, the 94-year-old RSL member is preparing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the military event.

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.

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?

Veteran Services Opens New Chapter For Veteran

Every person who comes to the RSL for support or assistance has a different story. Some are young men or women who have returned from active service in other countries who need a helping hand to reconnect with their families and re-integrate into our fast-paced society.

RSL Adaptive Sports

In response to the rapid interest and growth of adaptive sports internationally and here in Australia, RSL (Queensland Branch) is encouraging current and ex-serving men and women to get involved in adaptive sports programs.