Here are some Ex service organisations located in our capital that can help. Click on the photos below and they will take you to the respected organisations that are able to assist you.
Integra Service Dogs Australia
ISDA was founded in 2016 to deliver the vision established by Ken Lloyd, which is to provide excellent service dogs to Veterans and First Responders who have served our country.
Ken has performed exceptional service to our nation, at the highest level, for many decades in multiple theatres of operation; he holds an OAM in recognition of his life-long service in the ADF. He aspires to provide a high quality, low cost service dog to veterans suffering from PTSD to help them manage their symptoms and hyper-vigilence.
ISDA provides Labrador dogs to eligible veterans and First Responders at virtually no cost. It can only continue this important work with your funding and support as ISDA is a not-for profit organisation that presently receives no Government funding. These marvellous Labrador dogs can help veterans and First Responders to reduce periods of hospitalisation, reduce medication levels, help individuals rebuild trust and relationships, and reconnect with family, friends and the community.
Ken’s vision is that the terrific dogs provided by ISDA will assist those who have given so much to the service of their country to re-connect with their families, save lives by preventing suicide (in combination with other recognised therapies) and provide a longer term pathway for training, skill development and employment.
ISDA is developing an evaluation framework for the program in partnership with the Black Dog Institute and the University of NSW to ensure that there is a credible and independent evidence base of the medium and longer term outcomes of the program for participants.
ISDA has already worked with ADF Veterans and Ex-Servicemen’s Organisations (ESO) to place more than 26 Labrador dogs with veterans and First Responders in 5 states/territories.
100% of all donations to ISDA from the public go directly to supporting Handlers (veterans/First Responders) and our dogs – we can assure you that no funds donated by you go to administration or hidden costs for the organisation. All of ISDA’s staff work as volunteers, freely giving of their time and expertise.
ISDA will keep updating our successes as we move forward.
The Australian Capital Territory Branch was first formed in 1927. We have been providing support and welfare services to veterans, war widows, serving personnel and their dependants since 1953. Our patron is His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC(Retd). Our services include home, hospital and residential aged care visits, assistance with leisure activities, Day Clubs for senior citizens, welfare and assistance for RSL members who volunteer with community work.
The Woden Valley Sub-Branch`s Veteran Support Centre provides Pensions and Advocacy, and Welfare support to assist veterans and their families with Government entitlements. Membership of the RSL is not an essential pre-requisite.
- For Pensions and Advocacy assistance email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrew on 6285 1931 for an appointment.
- For Welfare assistance email: email@example.com or call Florence 6285 1931.
There are many other volunteer services carried out by the RSL membership.
For further information about services, RSL membership or any other queries – please browse this website or phone the Branch Office on 6260 6344.
Veterans MC Federal
It is a matter of history that the United States and its allies waged a protracted war in Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Australia, being one of the United States allies was involved from 1962 until 1972.
The aftermath of this war and the social upheaval it caused left a large number of veterans deeply traumatised and adrift in the society they had returned to.
All experienced to a larger degree the bitterness and sometimes hatred of the general public who had not shared their experiences in Vietnam. Many veterans were shunned, and in turn shunned society and turned to the only people who they could trust – their Brothers in Arms, fellow Vietnam Veterans.
In late 1989, an advertisement was placed in a Melbourne newspaper seeking those Vietnam Veterans who were also Motorcyclists, and who would be interested in starting a Motorcycle Club. There was a strong response and, so, at the Broadford Hotel, the Victorian Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club was born. During the same time other like minded Vietnam Veterans across Australia were coming together and forming chapters.
Veterans MC Federal Chapter is a Club with a history built on military brotherhood and bonds of service. We are Military Veterans and Bikers, a brotherhood that exists to support veterans, veterans families and the biker lifestyle.
Forged Consulting is a veteran owned business operating in the Australian professional services industry. We provide opportunities for veterans and ex-service personnel to use their skills and experience to work back into Australia’s sovereign industry.