PRIDE OF AUS­TRALIA 2016 - NOM­I­NATE A LO­CAL LEG­END

Tire­less work a big sup­port for our war heroes

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

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

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