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Brad Copelin

Featured recently on 60 minutes for his completion of the Sandakan Death March Trek, 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 has been awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation (with Star), Soldiers' Medallion for Exemplary Service, Provost Marshal-Army Certificate of Merit, other commendations and service medals.

Brad medically discharged from the Australian Army in 2010, due to PTSD and other injuries. 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 gives him a sense of purpose.

Brad now runs a specialist learning and development consultancy. He helps veterans with military skills recognition and gap training, with a view to them gaining meaningful employment.

His business is a corporate supporter of RSL DefenceCare and provides free consultancy services to RSL DefenceCare and other Ex-Service Organisations. In 2013 he was a finalist in the Outstanding Specialised Business and Outstanding Business Person of the Year categories of the Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards. In 2014 he was a finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards and the same year also received an Australia Day Medallion for his work with RSL NSW and RSL DefenceCare. Brad also competed at the inaugural Invictus Games in Javelin, Indoor Rowing and Breaststroke.

"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.

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