Paul Warren: Coming Full Circle

Veteran Paul Warren’s past is well-documented; his book, The Fighter, details his Muay Thai fighting career, turning points that lead to him joining the army, and the events of 18 July, 2009 that changed his life forever. But in the years since, Paul’s goals to help other veterans overcome their physical and mental challenges through sport have – and are continuing – to come to fruition.

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.

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.

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.

RSL Community Link: Commemoration of our Fallen

Commemoration of our Fallen has always been a significant part of the RSL’s role, with members joining with the wider community for over 100 years to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But a program developed over 20 years ago by a small Sub Branch took the commemoration a step further, and today hundreds of school students around the state join the RSL Community Link program to honour the Fallen.

Restoration to Maintain Honour

Anzac Square, in Brisbane, is Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial, commemorating the contribution of Australian armed forces and particularly, the service of Queensland’s men and women

RSL Girl In A Million

While the RSL Girl in a Million quest crowned one winner a year for 50 years, so many more dedicated so much of their lives to the popular fundraising pageant.

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.

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) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have joined forces to develop an adaptive sports program for current and ex-serving men and women.

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

National Servicemen's Day

Australia has seen four periods of compulsory military service, when voluntary recruiting proved insufficient and the government used conscription to fill the Armed Forces. The most recent two schemes saw more than 280,000 ‘Nashos’ serve their nation between 1951-1959 and 1964-1972.

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.