Why The Need

“For many, arriving home can signal the beginning of a longer, more isolated journey for personnel and their families. Our work will never be done as long as there are communities who need our protection in the world, and the number of defence families needing assistance continues to grow.”
Bravery Trust Patron-in-Chief Sir Peter Cosgrove
What is the problem?

Our nation is in the midst of its longest period of sustained military conflict in its history – almost 20 years. This has involved the deployment of more than 75,000 Australian defence personnel across the globe, primarily in the Middle East region. Currently there are more than 2000 Australians on active duty at home and abroad.

During this time Australian troops have seen an increase in both the average number and length of deployments, keeping them away from home and their loved ones. This has had a significant impact on the members themselves and their wider support network of family and friends.

Serving in the Defence Force, particularly in times of sustained conflict, can result in both mental and physical injuries which can be difficult to overcome. Demand for help can arise anywhere and at any time, with the peak demand anticipated to plateau 15 years post conflict. Currently, more than 3,000 ADF personnel who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and the greater Middle East region have been diagnosed with a service-related mental illness including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides benefits and entitlements to both serving and ex-serving members and their families. However, due to complex legislation the claims process can take some time, during which there can be an increase in expenses to families from the impact of the original injury or illness. Sometimes these costs outstrip what DVA is able to provide. Bravery Trust was established to contribute additional financial support to ensure all those who have been adversely affected by their service are not disadvantaged. Your support for Bravery Trust will ensure our service personnel and their families get the support they deserve.

How does Bravery Trust help?

We provide financial support to both current and former members of the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as their immediate families, following a service related death, injury or illness which has resulted in financial hardship.

We can provide a wide range of financial support from basic living expenses to medical assistance, education, financial counselling, purchase of essential household items and much more.

We understand that each application for assistance is unique and we work with the individual or family to provide the financial support that will most benefit them in a timely, positive way to help them get back to long term financial stability.

We actively engage with each applicant to ascertain their unique requirements, ensuring they are respected and supported while we work with them to identify their greatest needs. In the short term we often provide immediate support in the form of food vouchers and/or payment of household utility bills. Over the longer term we help provide them with the tools to assist them reach ongoing financial stability such as financial counselling or assistance with costs associated with education or retraining. We provide these opportunities in the belief that our service personnel will become empowered to improve their own circumstances and provide a positive future for themselves and their families.

Did you know ?

The number of veterans with accepted disability has almost trebled in three years to 3444; up one third in just 12 months.
More than 26,000 Australian military personnel served in Afghanistan and the Middle East from 2001 to 2014, of which 41 were killed and 262 traumatically wounded.
The biggest single accepted health issue among Afghanistan veterans is hearing loss and tinnitus, followed by PTSD.
Approximately 13% of Afghanistan veterans are on some disability support, compared to 5% who served in the East Timor deployment in 1999.
"This is our opportunity to give something back and I urge people to get behind this important cause.”
Bob Cronin AM, Group Editor in Chief, West Australian Newspapers