Featured on 60 Minutes for his completion of the Sandakan Death March Trek in 2014, veteran Brad Copelin has joined fellow veteran Damien Thomlinson, as an RSL DefenceCare Ambassador.
A veteran with over 24 years' Army service and 5 years in the Victorian Police, Brad served on Border Protection Operations and in the Solomon Islands as the Military Police Commander. He also served in Afghanistan with the Australian Special Operations Task Group in 2006.
Brad medically discharged from the Australian Army in 2011. The loss of identity after discharge exacerbated his PTSD and Depression. Doctors believe Brad will never work full-time again, but he finds helping other veterans beneficial to his recovery and it gives him a sense of purpose.
Brad competed in the inaugural Invictus Games in London as a member of the Australian Team and as an Assistant Coach for the Invictus Games Team in Orlando. He completed the Canadian Army Run (Half Marathon), as part of an Australian veterans’ team. Brad recently participated in the Canadian Forces Winter Adaptive Sports Camp, where he understudied the RSL National Adaptive Sports Manager. Brad is passionate about the positive impact that sport has on the welfare and recovery of veterans. In 2014 he received an Australia Day Medallion for his work with RSL NSW and RSL DefenceCare. During the 2017 RSL NSW State Congress, Brad was elected as a State Councillor (Metropolitan).
"RSL DefenceCare is a fantastic organisation. The demands placed on ex-service organisations continues to increase daily. I have witnessed the work they do first hand and they are always there to support the entire ADF community. They uphold our values of mate ship, respect, loyalty and teamwork. I am proud to be an Ambassador and look forward to doing what I can to raise awareness of their valuable work," said Brad Copelin, Ambassador, RSL DefenceCare.
RSL DefenceCare is proud to have Brad Copelin as an Ambassador. "Brad has supported veterans without fanfare for many years. His services make a real difference to the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for Australia," said Robyn Collins, General Manager, RSL DefenceCare.
Watch Brad on 60 Minutes