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Now retired, Alfred joined the Australian Defence Force to gain technical qualifications whilst visiting parts of Australia and the world. During this time he left behind his wife and two children.

Alfred entered the Navy in 1967 and spent 32 years in the Permanent Naval Forces. Throughout that time no two days were the same. He visited most countries in the Far East, North America and many in Europe. For Alfred, there was travel, interesting work and security of employment.

The most vivid memories that Alfred has of his time in service were during Cyclone Tracy in Darwin and when his ship ran aground in the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.

Alfred’s return to civilian life was difficult. He returned when he became ill cancer and was unable to continue working. Alfred’s wife cares for him and in addition she cares for their daughter who has Multiple Sclerosis.

RSL DefenceCare were alerted to the families’ position and need for assistance by their local sub-Branch. It was during this time that Alfred’s daughter became quite ill and had to be hospitalised. His daughter walks with the aid of a frame, due to the chronic pain that she faces with Multiple Sclerosis.

RSL DefenceCare were able to assist the family by providing a lifting chair to assist Alfred and his wife, so that he is able to get from a sitting position to standing and from standing to sitting again. We were also able to assist with their daughter by providing her with a specialist chair to make her more at ease when she is less able to be mobile and requires somewhere comfortable to sit.

“I am the very grateful recipient of largess from RSL DefenceCare in the form of an exceedingly comfortable “Lift Chair’ and I wish to convey my deep respect and gratitude to you and your Administration. RSL DefenceCare’s collective excellence and their manner and attitude by which they have discharged their functions and support mindful of my situation is much appreciated.

“I single out no individual, nor will I name any, for all have contributed their strengths and characteristics that have built the whole result that I find both excellent and most satisfactory. All have contributed equally and most favourably in the formation of my opinion.

For this I commend to you each and every individual involved.

My commendation to you is without reservation.”

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