About Gosford RSL Sub Branch
The Returned and Services League of Australia, New South Wales Branch, was formed in 1917. Its present mission statement reads that it will
"Provide for the well being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force Personnel and thier dependants and promote Government and Community awareness of the need for a stable and progressive Australia."
Letters from The Battlefields
As a follow up to the recently compiled book "For King and Country" Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch, has produced another book entitled "Letters from The Battlefields". This book contains transcripts of Letters home from those of the N.S.W. Central Coast who served in World War 1.
Changes to DVA Cards for the 2014 Reissue
The changes to the new cards are:
• The title on all of the cards is now, ‘DVA Health Card’
• The front of the card has the 100 years centenary of the ANZAC logo on a background of a field of poppies
• The DVA security hologram has moved to the front of the card providing greater visibility of this security feature
• The signature stripe on the back of the card is longer, allowing more room for a signature
• The magnetic stripe for a Gold Card is now gold, on the White Card this is now blue, while the Orange Card retains a black stripe
• The cards are valid for six years now, instead of the previous four years.
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Sevicewomen Are Mothers Too
In recent years, servicewomen with dependent children have for the first time deployed into conflict zones, in support of Australian Defence Force operations.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs has funded the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, to conduct the Mothers in the MEAO Study.
Corporal Anita Sikand was the medic deployed with a 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group platoon in Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province, Feb 17 2013.
Securing Our Veterans’ Future
Are you a younger veteran or the spouse of a younger veteran looking for work? Secure work within the registered clubs industry in NSW, whether it is in management, catering or hospitality. This is an important and timely program that will help younger veterans move more easily back into civilian life. Please SHARE this opportunity with anyone who may be interested. DefenceCare is a supporter of this program.
For King and Country
Do you have relatives who were residents, or born on the Central Coast and served in the A.I.F. during World War One? Then the recently compiled book "For King and Country" may contain details of your relatives service. The book was compiled by Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch.
1919 to 2013 Do Veterans' Aims Really Differ that Much from Generation to Generation?
Find out what was on the mind's of Veterans' following the First World War. Click here to read Minutes of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch Meetings from 1919 to 1929!
Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust
If you know someone in the Defence community who is struggling to meet financial commitments as a result of incapacity, death or disability, we may be able to help.
Australian Army History 1939 - Formation of the Second AIF
At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 Australia's Army was predominantly a part-time force that was limited by the Defence Act to service in Australian territory. In order to support Britain in the war in Europe the Australian Government announced, on 15 September, the formation of a 'special force' of 20,000 men for service 'at home or abroad as circumstances permit'.
Thinking of Joining the Australian Defence Force?
If you are looking at joining the Australian military you should be aware that any injuries or illnesses will be treated by the Army, Navy or Air Force while you are in the service. Once you take discharge, “accepted” medical conditions will be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Training and Information Program
The Training & Information Program (TIP) is a joint venture between Ex-Service Organisations and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA). DVA provides funding for training courses to assist volunteer compensation and welfare officers to work in the ex-service community.
The RSL reborn: Modern day veterans to breathe new life into iconic institution
Australia's modern day war veterans will be enlisted by the RSL to revitalise the iconic institution.
DVA Online Disability Pension Claim
Please note, when you apply for an online disability Pension on the DVA website, a web form (D2582) suggests that you are able to do this yourself in 'My Account' or online.
Be aware, if you make an error with your application and the claim is rejected, it's there forever and you may have a hard time trying to appeal your claim. Please seek assistance and guidance from the Pensions Officer at your Ex Service Organization before attempting to complete the form on-line.
Australian Partners of Defence (APOD)
Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) provides Australian Defence Force families free membership access to the 2013 APOD - Defence Discount online program which once registered allows them to access discounts and offers pledged from 1000's of retailers Australia wide.
We are all about Australian Defence members, their partners and families wherever they are across our sun-burnt country and beyond. We’re about lightening the load and reducing the hardship many families experience supporting our armed forces.
Have You Lost Medals or Clasps
If you have lost or misplaced Medals or Clasps, you can get them replaced.
Latest News & Events
ANZAC Day Commemoration Services at Gosford and Mangrove Mountain
The Gosford RSL Sub Branch conducted an ANZAC Day commemoration service at Mangrove Mountain on Sunday 24th April 2016. The service was well supported by the local community and the Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club. Photograps of the event can be viewed at the following link.
The Gosford RSL Sub Branch also conducted two services on the Monday 25th April 2016 at the Gosford Cenotaph. The first was the Dawn service at 6:00am and this was followed by the main march through Gosford commencing at 10:30am and the main service at 11:00am at the Cenotaph. Once again both services were well supported by the Gosford community. Photograps of the event can be viewed at the following link.
Ex-service Members' Health and their GP
The Australian Family Physician magazine issued to all members of the Australian College of General Practitioners. Their March edition is principally devoted to the Defence Community and their health care. All veteran family members should be encouraged to discuss the material with their GP so he/she does bother to read it and they are likewise familiar with it too.
1 Field Squadron 1966 Group Reunion
This year commemorates the 50th year since our Squadron landed in the war zone of Vietnam. The Squadron at the time being made up personnel from 1 Troop, 2 Troop, 3 Troop, HQ Troop, 21 Engineers Support Troop, Workshops & 17 Construction. The Squadron being made of Regular Army and National Service Personnel, all making a successful hard working unit with great mateship.
To commemorate this special occasion it is intended to hold a reunion of those personnel who were attached to the Squadron in Vietnam in the year 1966. The reunion is the brains trust of member Cul Hart and it is to be held in a smaller content than the larger reunions the Squadron Group regu-larly holds. Click on the following link for more informatiom.
Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit
The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit (CCIWE) has been created by local military historian Andrew Church who has opened up his extensive collection of uniforms, replica weapons, medals and war time artefacts from the different conflicts to the public.
Andrew is a member of the Gosford RSL Re-Enactment Group and has been a passionate supporter of Australia’s military for the past 30 years. He is also CEO of the Kreative Kaizen group of companies, which includes a consultation arm and accredited training through his registered training organisation, Eagle Wing Education & Training.
CCIWE is an interactive exhibit with sights and sounds straight from the Frontline. See dynamic dioramas, Anzac Cove, Frontline WWII, an army aid station, a radio communications exhibit and a WW2 war office...a fully restored Royal Australian Engineers Willys Jeep (which Andrew drives each year in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day parades)...a genuine Australian Light Horse uniform…a stretcher used at Gallipoli… uniforms from WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam…and a modern day SAS trooper abseiling from the roof. To view some examples of the exhibits click on the following link.
To find out more information, visit the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit website at the following link.
Broadwater Day Club
Have you got a Thursday free? Are You interested in getting out of the house and having some fun?
If so, then join us at the Broadwater Day Club.
Veterans Urged to Take Part in Consultation
On the 5th March 2014, the Department of Veterans' Affairs began a consultation with veterans, war widows, their families, the Community, and Public Sector Union and DVA staff about the future of some shopfront services in Victoria and New South Wales.
2016 RSL NSW Events Calendar
The RSL NSW Events Calendar provides the dates and locations of various events up to December 2016.
Veterans' Home Care Program
Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is a DVA program designed to assist veterans and war widows/widowers (entitled persons) who wish to continue living independently in their own home and local community, but who need a small amount of practical help. Services include domestic assistance, personal care, respite care, and safety-related home and garden maintenance. Limited, short term social assistance may also be provided as part of the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program.
VHC is part of the broader Australian Government strategy to assist older people maintain optimal health, well-being and independence.
Eligibility for Free Treatment of Anxiety/Depression, PTSD, Alcohol & Substance Use Disorders, and Malignant Neoplasms (Cancers)
Veterans with eligible service who have Malignant Neoplasms (cancers), Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorder or Depression, and Alcohol and Substance Use Disodrers are eligible for treatment of those disabilities regardless of whether or not they have been accepted as war or defence caused. Approval for treatment for these conditions can be ‘fast tracked’ by providing a medical diagnosis, from a suitably qualified medical practitioner, conforming to the diagnostic requirements of DSM IV. This is available under both the VEA (Defence/Operational service), MRCA (WarLike and Non-warlike service), and certain peace time service since 1972.
Wounded Commando's Veteran Affairs Story: Geoff Evans
Former Commando and Australian Vet Affairs Advocate Geoff Evans - a hero wounded in Afghanistan - speaks about a dysfunctional and under resourced Veteran Affairs Government Department. Geoff describes how a boost in the Client Liason Unit and a policy of positive discrimination in favour of young diggers when employing staff for the Department of Veteran Affairs - will help save lives.
DVA Health and Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is a concern of all DVA clients. The National Health Services Directory (NHSD) provides general health service information such as location, opening hours and contact details for General Practices, Pharmacies, Hospitals, and Emergency Departments
Disaster Assistance For Bush Fires
Please help us spread the word to any current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their immediate families living in NSW and affected by the bush fires. Social media is a very effective tool in disseminating information in times of disaster so please SHARE this with anyone you know. Together we can reach out to veterans and their immediate families who may need our help.
Membership of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch
Applications for membership of the RSL Sub Branch are invited from persons who meet the following criteria:
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