Geoffrey Evans enlisted in the Australian Army in 1994. In 1996 he passed the Commando Selection Course and was deployed to East Timor in 2001 and again in 2006 with the 4 RAR Commando Task Group.
Whilst serving in the Commando Reserves Geoffrey became a Fire-Fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, and rose to the rank of Senior Fire-Fighter. Whilst working as a Fire-Fighter he commenced a degree in International Relations, which he completed in 2009.
Geoffrey was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2008 where, as a Team Leader in the Special Operations Task Group, he established himself as a proven combat leader. He was deployed to Afghanistan again in November 2010, this time as a Lead Mentor to the Provincial Police Reserve Company.
Geoffrey Evans was wounded in action on 22 December 2010, when an improvised explosive device detonated in close proximity to him. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a spinal injury and also suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Geoffrey was commissioned and promoted to the permanent rank of Lieutenant prior to being discharged as a result of his wounds.
Upon returning from his second tour of Afghanistan, Geoffrey was medically discharged from the army. It was at this time Geoffrey and RSL DefenceCare formed a connection.
A noted figure within the veteran support community, Geoffrey serves as the Contemporary Veterans Advisor to RSL LifeCare. Geoffrey was pivotal to the inclusion of veteran’s issues in the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 2013.
More recently Geoffrey founded Homes for Heroes, a crisis management shelter for homeless veterans and their families across NSW. In 2014, Geoffrey was appointed to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health.
Geoffrey said, “RSL DefenceCare was the first to help me when I returned wounded from Afghanistan, I am thrilled to be able to give back to this wonderful organisation”
“RSL DefenceCare is proud to have Geoff Evans as an Ambassador. Geoff’s passion and commitment in supporting veterans in need is exceptional. He has tirelessly campaigned to help veterans who are homeless and RSL DefenceCare has been proud to stand alongside him, supporting and helping when needed,” said Robyn Collins, General Manager, RSL DefenceCare.
“Geoff is a true hero – injured in Afghanistan, he knows just how hard it can be for veterans who have sacrificed their health for Australia. Our sincerest thanks to Geoff for his service and support for RSL DefenceCare.”