Veterans support

The South Australian Government is committed to supporting serving and ex-service Australian Defence Forces (ADF) personnel who play a vital role in our community. If you require any assistance please see a list of relevant South Australian based institutions below with links to their websites and services.

Helping Heroes

Helping Heroes is a specialist provider of rehabilitation, injury management and assessment services to the veteran community. With over 10 years of experience in supporting the needs of injured veterans and their families, our dedicated, tertiary qualified professionals are committed to providing proactive, empowering and evidence based rehabilitation that delivers life changing impact.

Helping Heroes provides innovative and individualised service delivery, utilising an evidence based, best practice approach. Our biopsychosocial method to rehabilitation takes into account biomedical, psychological and social factors that influence recovery. It is holistic, client focused and tailored to the needs of the individual and their families. Together with our client, we aim to achieve their personalised rehabilitation goals which when appropriate can include utilising our extensive labour market partners to achieve new civilian career outcomes.

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Legacy Adelaide

Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of incapacitated and deceased Veterans.Today, Legacy’s caring and compassionate service assists around 65,000 widowers and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability nationally.

Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today’s Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or are incapacitated as a result of their military service.Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:

* The protection of the basic needs of individuals and families
* Advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits
* Assisting families through bereavement and helping people thrive despite their adversity and loss.

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Operation K9

Operation K9 is a program provided by the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) which provides assistance dogs to veterans of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) struggling with combat related PTSD

For more information go to www.rsb.org.au/operation-k9 or call (08) 8417 5555

Returned & Services League – South Australia

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 by returning Australian soldiers from World War I to continue to provide the camaraderie, concern, and mateship shown among diggers during the conflict.

Our purpose is to help veterans and their families by offering care, financial assistance and advocacy, along with commemorative services that help all Australians remember the Fallen.

The Jamie Larcombe Centre Partnerships Hub

The Hub was developed in response to recurring requests from the veteran community for a “one stop shop” to be included in the model of care and facility design of The Jamie Larcombe Centre.Its purpose is to provide access to services offered by ex-service organisations (ESO), to encourage ESOs to collaborate and share expertise and resources to further meet the needs of veterans, and to provide serving and ex-serving members, their families and carers a focal point when seeking advice relating to state based support agencies and programs.

A heritage listed building adjacent to The Jamie Larcombe Centre was identified for refurbishment and repurposing as the Hub and was officially opened by the Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, on the 28th March 2018.

The Hub’s objectives are to:
• provide a welcoming environment in which Veterans and their families can connect with each other and relevant service providers
• connect with ESOs and service providers to promote the Hub as a shared resource
• facilitate activities at the Hub in support of the clinical services model in place at the JLC
• provide resources including computers, printer, internet access, learning materials and information to visitors
• collaborate with and promote allied organisations and their activities to ensure greatest visibility amongst the veteran community
• host events for external organisations in support of Veterans including employment networking and training programs
• establish regular communication mechanisms and channels to inform customers and promote all activities and events within and external to The Jamie Larcombe Centre
• develop key relationships with external organisations with a view to connecting The Jamie Larcombe Centre clients and the broader veteran community with social and professional opportunities.

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Veterans SA

Veterans SA supports serving military personnel, ex-serving personnel and those who support them by providing a central contact point for information about the state government’s services to veterans across the state. The Agency provides administrative support to the Veterans’ Advisory Council to ensure veterans receive a voice at the highest levels of government and helps to raise public awareness of the service and sacrifice of South Australia’s veterans.

Veterans SA provides state-based advocacy for the veteran community on selected matters and is South Australia’s representative agency attending Commonwealth meetings at an Officer and Ministerial level.Since October 2014 the Agency has focussed its efforts towards ‘the next 50 years’ while retaining an appropriate emphasis on commemorations and ensuring the entitlements of veterans of conflicts prior to 1999 are retained and, where appropriate, improved. The realignment is recognition of the increased operational tempo of the Australian Defence Force since 1999 in global theatres of operation including Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Middle East, including peacekeeping operations. It is also recognition of the increased military presence at RAAF Base Edinburgh including significant elements of Army’s 1st Brigade.

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