RSL SA is responsible for 134 Sub-branches in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Broken Hill.
The RSL SA business is based on the five pillars of Advocacy, Services, Mateship, Commemoration and Sustainability.
Our Strategic Plan is available at http://rslsa.org.au/rslstrategicplan
A summary of our services for veterans are outlined below.
MILITARY ENTITLEMENTS, WELFARE, PENSIONS, COMPENSATION AND ADVOCACY
Within RSL SA there is a number of trained and experienced staff who can assist in entitlements, welfare, pension, compensation and advocacy matters.
Welfare Officers assist personnel with information about health and community services which may be available to them. They also gather information on local community services and how to access them, as well as communicate with service providers.
Pensions/Compensation Officers assist personnel in applying for DVA pensions, military compensation, benefits and income supplementation.
Our Advocacy Team are able to assist all Ex-Service personnel and their spouses in the preparation and submission of claims for pension and entitlements. They will also assist in the appeal process if required. The RSL Advocates handle a significant number of cases in SA which appear before the Veterans Review Board. The advocates employed by the SA State Branch are either Veterans or Ex-Service men, thereby providing them with a close empathy with the needs of ex-service personnel.
For further information please call the RSL SA office on (08) 8100 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RSL Care is a proud, not for profit charitable aged care provider with a range of accommodation options catering for a variety of needs.
There are retirement living options available in Myrtle Bank, Glengowrie and Marion, and for those requiring additional support services there are residential aged care facilities in Myrtle Bank and Angle Park.
RSL Care also provides affordable and community housing options at Angle Park, Campbelltown, Clovelly Park and Wallaroo.
For further information please phone RSL Care on (08) 8379 2600 or email email@example.com
HOMES FOR HEROES
Homes for Heroes, established in NSW by RSL LifeCare, has expanded into South Australia.
The program is available to veterans of contemporary conflicts, ex-servicemen and women post-1991, and the families of those cohorts, provided they are genuinely homeless. In addition to permanent residents, we periodically provide accommodation to families and veterans on a short stay basis. There is no other dedicated homeless accommodation for contemporary veterans in South Australia. We have 16 single rooms available in an accommodation block at the Australian Lutheran College in North Adelaide.
The program is a comprehensive rehabilitation service. We have taken the ‘housing first’ approach advocated by Mission Australia, and woven through many ‘wraparound’ programs and services. Every resident is required to give back to the program. For instance, by doing volunteer work, mentoring others, or engaging in education, training, and rehabilitation opportunities. The Homes for Heroes program is not a hotel service.
The program is overseen in South Australia by Australian Army veteran, Ben Challinor. Ben will assess applicants, decide what services they need, and direct them on a case-by-case basis to a range of support agencies. Ben has served with the Royal Australian Artillery for 11 years, with a posting to a multi-national observation force on the Sinai Peninsula, and four years as an instructor at 1 Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka.
For further information please contact Ben Challinor, Manager – Homes for Heroes SA by email at Ben.Challinor@rslsa.org.au
Operation K9 is a joint program provided by the Returned and Services League (RSL-SA) and the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB). Operation K9 dogs are provided to Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have a diagnosed combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
To be eligible to apply for an Operation K9 Dog, the applicant must have served or currently be serving in the Australian Defence Force and have a diagnosed PTSD that has been acquired during a military operation. All applicants must be 18 years of age and a resident in South Australia.
An Operation K9 dog is an accredited assistance dog that can provide benefits in terms of supporting independence and social interactions as well as a range of client specific tasks tailored to the veteran’s needs.
Initial enquiries regarding Operation K9 can be made through the RSB Guide Dog Service who can provide you with some information about the program and discuss your situation. They will also be able to put you in touch with the Operation K9 team if you think that the program might be suitable for you. The Operation K9 team will then undertake an assessment of your suitability for the program.
For further information please contact the RSB Guide Dog Service by calling (08) 8417 5656.