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Telling the stories of those who serve
The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) has been supporting serving and ex-service personnel and their families for 100 years. It was often the place you would go to share your war stories.
Today the RSL runs many programs across Australia to help veterans in need and provide opportunities for social activities. Twice a year, it sends care packs to over 2,500 personnel on deployment to keep them connected to home.
In its Centenary year, the RSL is focussed on increasing the awareness of the issues that can be faced by those who serve. Becoming a principal partner for the 2016 Veterans Film Festival (VFF) enables that message to reach a bigger audience.
The RSL is well known for its work with older veterans but it also helps those who are still serving or have recently left the service. Our service members need only have spent six months in uniform to join and receive the many benefits of an RSL membership.
Last year the RSL donated more than $9000 worth of instruments and equipment for personnel deployed to the Middle East Region. The donated equipment allowed those who have an interest in music to unwind and briefly escape the hardships of their deployment.
In May 2016 the RSL supported the 20 veterans that were part of the Australian team that participated in the Invictus Games in Orlando. This is one of the events in the Adaptive Sports Program and another way the RSL is supporting younger veterans and their families.
By supporting the VFF, the RSL can increase the understanding of the unique nature of service life. Further, how that life affects that person’s family and friends. It may even inspire veterans of all ages to try their hand at film making and find a new way to share their story.
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