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When WWII veteran Eric Geddes decided to give RSL DefenceCare a call, he did not expect to receive the help he was given and the improvement to his quality of life.

At the age of 95, the humble hero lives alone and suffers from cataracts, macular degeneration, sleep apnoea and lives on a limited pension payment.

Eric Geddes knew at age five that he wanted to fly a plane for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). “The year was 1923 and pilots from WWII would come to my home town Parkes and offer local kids free rides.” Pointing to one of the planes, Eric’s father asked “Do you want to go up in one of those?” Eric said yes and rode in the cockpit of one of the Tiger Moths. “What I saw outside the window excited me. When you are way above the clouds, everything is absolutely peaceful.” This experience stayed with Eric and it was the fuel behind his 20 year dedication to the RAAF and serving his country.

Eric operated from the South Pacific in WWII and later in various locations throughout Australia and in Singapore twice. He suffered from malaria more than once and recalls the impact serving had on relationships. “We were separated as a family. Separation in many ways is never really good.”

Years of serving his country caused Eric to suffer hearing loss, cataracts and macular degeneration in his eyes. RSL DefenceCare successfully helped Eric increase his pension payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These payments now allow him to pay for medical bills and the rising cost of everyday expenses.

RSL DefenceCare also visited Eric in his home and helped him obtain items to make his life easier. RSL DefenceCare provided a special wireless telephone for hearing and sight impaired patients as well as a mask for his sleep apnoea respiratory machine. Eric was overwhelmed with his new mask and can now enjoy a restful sleep every night. “This has been a personal problem for nigh on 30 years until RSL DefenceCare did their research and were able to locate a mask that was up to date”.

Eric is grateful for the help he received. “I sincerely appreciate the services rendered to me by RSL DefenceCare…Thank you”.

Please give what you can so veterans, like Eric, and their family members are looked after like they deserve to be. 

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