PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA 2016 - NOMINATE A LOCAL LEGEND
Tireless work a big support for our war heroes
BOB Cooper may be a long time out of uniform but he has dedicated the better part of his life to helping veterans.
The Rooty Hill Naval Association’s senior vicepresident spends hours helping 60-70 veterans fill out their pension claims for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Mr Cooper said personal experience inspired him to help others.
“I help them fill in their DVA forms because I know how hard it was for me to get my pension,” he said.
Mr Cooper has run a travel club for veterans for eight years, has cooked and delivered meals to the community and has run the Anzac service for the Our Lady of Consolation home for about 11 years.
As president of the Rooty Hill Sub-Branch, Mr Cooper is often called upon to help NSW’s other sub-branches.
He was recently praised for organising a special dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
In 2010, Mr Cooper was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to veterans and their families.
Mr Cooper served in the Royal Australian Navy from April 1968 to July 1974.
Terry Ryan from Penrith RSL with Bob Cooper from Rooty Hill Naval Association. Picture: David Swift