Currently, support services for family members is minimal or short term, and there are no dedicated accommodation facilities for service family members, meaning that family members cannot stay nearby to help or can only stay for short periods of time.
This is despite feedback from service personnel overwhelmingly stating that they prefer family members to be involved in their treatments, and from family members who say that they need information on how to support the service member and need access to appropriate support services for themselves.
Overseas examples of facilities that demonstrate the importance of having these services available to the service community include Walter Reid in the US and Stanford Hall in the UK. Both facilities showcase the positive socio-emotional and psychosocial impacts on all members of the family by having them involved in the care and support of their loved one.
Whilst there has been a grant from the government to establish and outfit Fussell House, the ongoing cost of providing the services needed to support service families is not covered by government. Please support Fussell House and keep our service families together during their toughest time.
Since 1990, over
290,000 brave men and women have served our country in the Australian Defence
Force. From wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to peacekeeping missions in East
Timor, Bougainville, Cambodia, the Solomon Islands, Somalia and Rwanda, our
veterans have undertaken extraordinary tasks in defence of our nation.
At Soldier On, we recognise that throughout these operations, the ADF and greater National Security Community have worked side by side. This is why we now also offer support to Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other security agencies.
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