Chal­lenges for vet­er­ans

Sun­shine Coast expo to pro­vide sup­port for our he­roes

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE -

WITH serv­ing your coun­try in the armed forces, there comes an in­her­ent sense of pur­pose and struc­ture.

But for thou­sands of Aus­tralian men and women, it is ap­par­ent that one of the most chal­leng­ing bat­tles comes in adapt­ing to ev­ery­day civil­ian life af­ter com­plet­ing their ser­vice.

RSL Sun­shine Coast district pres­i­dent Tony Fer­ris said the strong sense of iso­la­tion of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced by re­turned ser­vice men and women was con­cern­ing, and had prompted RSL Sun­shine Coast and Re­gional District Branch to host the Vet­eran, Fam­i­lies and Com­mu­nity Expo on Sun­day, July 23 at the Lake Kawana Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

“For many who leave the armed forces there is an over­whelm­ing feel­ing that their loved ones and those around them will never re­ally un­der­stand the world they have come from which, in many cases, is true,” Mr Fer­ris said.

The event will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery­thing from ser­vices such as as­sis­tance dogs and trans­port op­tions to com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

The free expo will take place from 10am–4pm on Sun­day and will in­clude a sausage siz­zle, cof­fee cart and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

To find out more visit www.rslsun­shine coast.org/ rsl-events.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

COM­MU­NITY EXPO: Coast and Re­gional District RSL pres­i­dent Tony Fer­ris in­vites you to show sup­port.

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