Jason was a member of the Australian Army for two years until his medical discharge in 2011. He left the Army with debilitating physical injuries to his hand and back and Post-Traumatic Stress.
Jason lives in a coastal area with his wife and three young children. His wife is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour that is now controlled by medication. She is unable to work and Jason’s DVA pension is the family’s sole source of income.
The pressure from Jason’s time in service, and his role as the primary provider for his family are at times a struggle. He has tried hard to keep to a budget, but medical bills make this difficult.
RSL DefenceCare has been able to help Jason’s family by paying utility bills when the financial pressure becomes too great. We have also referred Jason and his wife to a financial counsellor to work with them on managing everyday expenses such as utilities and groceries, helping ease the overwhelming feeling that sometimes financial strain can cause.
Over the last year, our Counsellor has also provided ongoing support whenever Jason reaches out.
Jason has recently joined his local RSL sub-Branch and become involved with a community garden project, giving him a positive outlook on life. Jason’s way of giving back is through his passions in home renovation and the building of wooden furniture that he gives to needy children and families.
“RSL DefenceCare has been such a help to us it’s almost impossible to put into words. More than the practical help, which has been a godsend; having their Counsellor on the other end of the phone when I needed someone to speak to has been worth more than I can put into words. One day we hope that we can repay in some way the kindness that we have received.”
Please give what you can so veterans, like Jason, and their family members are looked after like they deserve to be.
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