Band­ing to­gether to hon­our our vet­er­ans

The Observer - - YOUR SAY -

THIS Sun­day for Re­mem­brance Day we’ll be stand­ing along­side Aus­tralians for a minute of si­lence to recog­nise and hon­our those who have served.

We en­cour­age all Aus­tralians to get be­hind the #1MS cam­paign, led by the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs, and share who they will be think­ing about for the minute’s si­lence held at 11am on No­vem­ber 11.

Let’s band to­gether to hon­our our vet­er­ans and mark this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone – a cen­te­nary of the First World War Ar­mistice.

For us, this day is also a time to re­flect on all vet­er­ans and how we can best sup­port them and their fam­i­lies for years to come.

At Mates4Mates we pro­vide sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to cur­rent and ex-serv­ing De­fence Force mem­bers who are wounded, in­jured or ill, and their fam­i­lies.

We know that many vet­er­ans face chal­lenges as they tran­si­tion to civil­ian life, and long into the fu­ture, so it’s im­per­a­tive they have ac­cess to sup­port in times of need.

Cur­rent or ex-serv­ing De­fence mem­bers, and their fam­i­lies, can phone 1300 4 MATES for con­fi­den­tial sup­port or in­for­ma­tion about our ser­vices.

Al­ter­na­tively, reach out to Open Arms on 1800 001 046 for 24/7 coun­selling or Life­line on 13 11 14 for cri­sis sup­port and sui­cide pre­ven­tion. Troy Wat­son, CEO Mates4Mates

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