Anthony moved to Australia with his wife and daughter following an 18-year career in the South African Air Force. Eager to continue to serve, he joined the RAAF, was stationed in Darwin as a Communications Technician and spent two months on deployment in Afghanistan.
Anthony’s time in Afghanistan was difficult, especially as his daughter has epilepsy and they had no other family in Australia to help out while Anthony was away. Anthony is grateful to his Sergeant at the time who helped support his wife and child while he was deployed.
In 2015 Anthony was medically discharged and struggled to adjust to civilian life. He found that the atmosphere wasn’t the same, the jobs paid less, and it became harder to support his wife, and now two children.
Recently, Anthony and his family travelled to Sydney so both his daughters could undergo tests and treatment at the Children’s Hospital. Struggling financially, they could not afford accommodation for the few nights they needed and unfortunately Ronald McDonald House was fully booked. While his wife could stay overnight with his eldest at the hospital, Anthony was facing the prospect of he and his youngest having to sleep in the car.
The Chaplain at Richmond RAAF base put Anthony in contact with RSL DefenceCare and our organisation covered the cost of accommodation for Anthony and his family. Anthony was extremely grateful to both the Chaplain and RSL DefenceCare for being able to offer assistance so quickly.
“Thank you to your organisation, I’m very appreciative and blessed for the assistance” said Anthony, “it meant I could be with my wife and daughters during this stressful time”.