Veteran & Family Assistance

There are many ways Bravery Trust can help you and your family. Financial assistance is available for education and retraining, transport needs, family counselling, medical care, household expenses and more.

If you are a current or former member of the ADF who has sustained physical or mental injuries as a result of your service and you are experiencing financial hardship you may be eligible to apply for assistance. Alternatively you may also be eligible to apply if you are the immediate family member of a current or former ADF member who has died as a result of their service, including those who have died as a result of their physical or mental injuries and you are experiencing financial hardship.

Bravery Trust may be required to liaise with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or other service providers you have been in contact with to verify your situation, and in many cases we will co-operate with other ex-service organisations to provide the best and most effective assistance. We will make every effort to assist you in a timely, respectful and compassionate manner throughout the application process.  All enquiries and applications are treated within strict privacy guidelines as per the Australian Privacy Act.

We will confirm receipt of your application and explain the process to you fully. You may be contacted for further information in relation to your application. For those we cannot assist under the terms of Bravery Trust, we will endeavour to assist by referral to other care organisations.

If you are unsure, please contact Bravery Trust as follows:

Bravery Trust provides financial assistance to:

  • Current or former ADF members who become permanently incapacitated or otherwise permanently injured, wounded or mentally ill, in or as a result of their service with the ADF*
  • The dependants of current or former ADF members who become permanently incapacitated or otherwise permanently injured, wounded or mentally ill, in or as a result of their service with the ADF*

Dependant means any or all of the following:

  • A spouse or de facto spouse of the member
  • A child of the member up to 25 years of age
  • A child of the spouse or de facto spouse of a member who is or was totally dependent on the member (irrespective of whether the child is the biological child of the member) up to 25 years of age

* Provided that they are not already in receipt of similar benefits from any other similar military trust that has been established for the purpose of providing similar relief of financial hardship to members from any particular section of the ADF and their dependants.

Bravery Trust’s philosophy of care is to:

Recognise
Recognise the needs and specific preferences of beneficiaries.
Enable
Enable beneficiaries and those close to them to shape the support that they receive.
Help
Help promote positive formal and informal relationships with other service providers as much as possible to provide an holistic solution to beneficiary needs.
Promote
Promote social inclusion, interaction and long term independence.
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Bob Cronin AM, Group Editor in Chief, West Australian Newspapers