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									ANZAC APPEAL CASE STUDIES
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

CASE STUDY: SMOOTHING THE WAY
A WWII veteran in his mid-80s suffered greatly from his war time experiences and as a result,
had a number of complex health issues which required him to take various medications each
day. These medications in turn, impacted on his balance, mobility and his capacity to walk safely
when outside. His home was quite old and the concrete path to the front door and driveway
were in very poor condition and unsafe for him when he ventured outside unsupervised. Both
the veteran and his wife had been pensioners for many years and did not have the funds to
replace the old path and driveway. After suffering a number of falls, the Victorian RSL were
advised of the problem and stepped in, replacing the driveway and path to ensure his future
safety.

CASE STUDY: A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS
A 29 year-old East Timor veteran has, because of his operational experiences, been in and out
of the Veterans' Psychiatric Unit (VPU) at the Repatriation General Hospital at Heidelberg. With
a young partner and a two year-old child, the Veteran has responsibilities but for the past
couple of years, has been unable to stay in paid employment due to his disability. He and his
partner have exhausted whatever little savings they had and now live fortnight to fortnight on
his military compensation payments and he and his partner's Centrelink payments. He and his
partner are also on the private rental merry-go-round and have had to vacate a couple of rental
places recently. However, when they find a new place to live, the bond/prepaid rent required up
front is quite prohibitive, especially when surviving on welfare payments. RSL Victoria has
helped this young veteran and his family on a couple of occasions by paying these upfront costs
to secure a roof over their heads.

CASE STUDY: WON’T TAKE IT LYING DOWN
A 92 year-old WWII veteran now in a nursing home needed a pressure management chair to use
when he spent time out of bed. Without such a chair, the veteran would spend most of his time
lying in bed. These chairs are quite expensive and the veteran and his wife did not have the
funding available to purchase such an appliance. RSL Victoria provided the necessary funding to
purchase the chair, thus improving the Veteran’s quality of life in his twilight years.



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ANZAC Appeal 2009                                                              Proudly Supported by
RSL Victoria
ANZAC House, 4 Collins St, Melbourne Vic 3000
www.anzacappeal.com.au
ANZAC APPEAL CASE STUDIES
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

CASE STUDY: KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON
A 60 year-old Vietnam veteran needed assistance to pay some of his outstanding household
utility accounts as he and his wife had spent most of their savings caring for their grown
children, even though both had left home and lived interstate. Both of the veteran’s children
suffer from debilitating dependencies; one drugs, the other alcohol. And one has a child of her
own. The veteran is unable to work, being a T&PI recipient himself, so RSL Victoria helped by
paying some of the outstanding household utility accounts.

CASE STUDY: HOME ALONE
An elderly ex-British Army member who lived by himself required some additional care
services (such as meals on wheels, carer assistance with showering and cleaning) to enable him
to remain living at home independently. However, the elderly veteran had become a scavenger
in his later years and his flat was cluttered with rubbish and community support services cannot
enter premises unless it is safe to do so. RSL Victoria provided the funding to declutter, remove
all rubbish and clean the veteran’s home to an acceptable standard.

CASE STUDY: TRANSITION TRAUMA
A current serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is in the process of
transitioning from military service back into civilian life. Unfortunately, he had not served the
necessary length of time required to be eligible for defence assistance to access such things
as CV (Curriculum Vitae) development. To be competitive in seeking employment in the civilian
world, he needed to have a professional CV developed to highlight his skills and training. RSL
Victoria recently entered into an association with a group of ex-service people who specialise in
developing professional CVs for military personnel, accurately reflecting the skills and training
gained whilst with the defence forces. RSL Victoria will continue to fund CV development for
servicemen and women looking for civilian employment in Victoria, as they did in this case.




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ANZAC Appeal 2009                                                               Proudly Supported by
RSL Victoria
ANZAC House, 4 Collins St, Melbourne Vic 3000
www.anzacappeal.com.au
ANZAC APPEAL CASE STUDIES
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
CASE STUDY: REST IN PEACE
A former member of the Royal Australian Air Force who served during WWII passed away in
January 2009. Neither he nor his daughter had sufficient funds available, even after the
Veterans' Affairs funeral rebate, to finalise his funeral costs. RSL Victoria paid all outstanding
accounts owed to the funeral provider.

CASE STUDY: ROTTEN LUCK
An elderly WWII veteran who resided alone in country Victoria, was not aware that his washing
machine hose connection was leaking. This went on for a number of years, resulting in the floors
in the laundry and toilet/bathroom rotting due to water damage. An RSL Sub-Branch welfare
officer came across the problem and approached RSL Victoria as the situation was so drastic
that it was unsafe for the veteran to use his toilet for fear of falling through the floor. The
veteran was on a pension and unable to pay for such repairs. A local builder/carpenter was
engaged to render the floor safe. The Victorian Branch of the RSL in conjunction with the local
Sub-Branch provided the funding.

CASE STUDY: HOME SAFE
A widow of a former member of the British Army - The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders who
served in Palestine and Korea, suffered a stroke. She receives a small war pension from England
and some aged pension from Centrelink in Australia. Whist she is still able to live
independently, an RSL Sub-Branch welfare officer approached RSL Victoria to purchase a
medical alert system for her to have at home. The system consists of an emergency alarm
pendant and a smart dialler device which is hooked up to the widow's telephone. RSL Victoria
purchased the package on behalf of the widow.




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ANZAC Appeal 2009                                                                  Proudly Supported by
RSL Victoria
ANZAC House, 4 Collins St, Melbourne Vic 3000
www.anzacappeal.com.au

								
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