ANZAC Day two-up at Harbord Diggers raised more than $16,000 for Wounded Heroes, and Mounties Group has now announced it will triple this donation to the veteran’s charity bringing the total donation to more than $50,000.

Established in 2007, Wounded Heroes Australia is a Defence community organisation, pledging support to Australian servicemen, women and their families. They provide immediate financial support to those in crisis easing the financial, emotional and personal hardships of contemporary military life.

“What many are not aware of, is while we as a nation pay our respects on ANZAC Day, thousands of veterans and their families across Australia are suffering from the residual effects of their service. Some with physical ailments resulting in loss of income and homelessness, and others with scars that cannot be seen such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues,” explained Wounded Heroes Australia President Martin Shaw.

More than 48 per cent of veterans discharged from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) develop mental health issues within the first 12 months of discharge. Wounded Heroes are there to support them.

Wounded Heroes Australia was established to service this critical need and after 16 years has a service-delivery model that works, in the prevention of veteran suicide.

As part of this year’s Harbord Diggers ANZAC Day two-up event, more than $16,000 was raised for the Wounded Heroes charity. Mounties Group President, John Dean was pleased to invite a representative from Wounded Heroes to speak at a recent Mounties staff event where the organisation was so inspired by the cause, they decided to triple this support.

“By tripling our donation, we can assist Wounded Heroes with the resources necessary to provide immediate assistance and support services to wounded veterans and their families – restoring their dignity,” added Mr Dean.

The donation of $50,833 will have a profound effect on the reach and scope of the assistance provided by Wounded Heroes. The additional funds will enable the charity to expand its programs, enhance existing services, and extend their support to a greater number of veterans in need across Australia.

“We were so thrilled that Harbord Diggers chose us to support through their ANZAC Day event and even more speechless about Mounties Group’s act of generosity to triple this donation,” added Mr Shaw.

For more information on Wounded Heroes visit www.woundedheroes.org.au.

Vietnam Veterans Day at Manly

Image: Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council will be holding a Vietnam Veterans Day on Friday August 18.

“The National Servicemen’s Association & Affiliates Inc and the Sydney Northern Beaches Sub-Branch, in conjunction with the Northern Beaches Council, will be holding a service to commemorate those who served our country during the conflict in Vietnam and associated theatres, especially the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Guests are kindly asked to be seated by 10.45am. Parade form up at 10.50am, with the Service commencing at 11am.

In the event of wet weather, the service will be held at St Matthew’s Church, The Corso.

All are welcome to attend this service and there will be an opportunity for the public to lay a tribute upon the memorial.

For further details: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/vietnam-veterans-day

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