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Veterans need your support says RSL

By Vanessa Wiltshire

HEATHCOTE is one of more than 200 sub-branches throughout Victoria gearing up for the 2019 Anzac appeal.

‘‘Every year our local community gets behind the Anzac appeal, buying an Anzac appeal badge. I am always so humbled and proud of the generosity our local community shows during the Anzac appeal,’’ Heathcote RSL sub-branch president Miles Humphrey said.

‘‘Our volunteers will be out and about selling Anzac appeal badges in April, please stop and make a donation to the Anzac appeal or buy an Anzac appeal badge — 100 per cent of the proceeds will go towards supporting our veterans.’’

RSL Victoria appeals manager Peter Smith OAM said the funds raised through the appeal enabled the RSL to deliver ‘‘much-needed assistance to those men and women who have served our country and now need our support’’.

The way RSL provides support varies from case to case, but it can include assistance with medical and other household expenses such as food and utility bills, education and employment assistance, and providing advice and support with claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr Smith said RSL was increasingly directing support towards a younger cohort of veterans.

‘‘Traditionally we have been known to provide pension advice and advocacy on behalf of older veterans. But, more and more the RSL is being called on to support a new and younger cohort of veterans, those from the more recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations of East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. In this way, we are as relevant today as we were in 1916,’’ he said.

‘‘Please show your support for our veterans, both young and old. Buy an Anzac appeal badge or make a donation to the appeal.’’

You can buy an Anzac appeal badge from Woolworths, Officeworks, the local RSL sub-branch or volunteer collectors in the local community.

You can also donate online at anzacappeal.com.au