To support and create positive, long term, and measurable impact on the lives of all current and future Veterans, and the people around us, throughout the conduct of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
The VSF Story
Since 2001 we have lost more Veterans to suicide than we lost in combat during the entire Vietnam War. Many more have contemplated suicide and even more continue to struggle with ongoing mental health decline brought about by failed support systems during transition and after service. This crisis affects Veterans and families of all generations.
From our community.
"I am 57, served 20 years in the Army and suffer PTSD and other mental health issues as a result of that service. I need you to know that after all these years, you are inspiring me through your strength, your integrity and your courage. In recent weeks, I wondered what it would be like to take my own life for the first time as I stood at the station waiting for my train. I got on that train, and as I was reading my news on my phone I came across your press conference, and more. I cannot thank you enough. When I got home I hugged my wife as I had never hugged her before. What you are doing is so important, for all of us. Thank you."
"Mate I doubt you'll see this but you're an inspiration. I served 11 years in both the navy and army. I've hit the hard time of discharge the 18-24 month mark which I describe as the end of a posting cycle in which I've found myself wondering what's next. Found you on Instagram and the like. Someone from your position and stature within our community touching on things like sexuality, suicide and the trouble with transition has all resonated with me. Thank you so much for everything. I lost a few mates last year to suicide, close mates that I deployed with and served with. You have done more for vets having discharged than defence ever have."