Connection and Support
Craig also found support in his local RSL Sub Branch – one of hundreds across Australia providing veterans with welfare and wellbeing services, as well as all-important social connection.
The Dimmock family has been closely involved with their Sub Branch since Craig’s father discharged in 1979.
“It's just a place to go to meet people who have similar interests, similar experiences. Because this Sub Branch is quite small it's a very tight-knit community,” Craig says.
“I've got certain friends here that I can call any time of the night or day with any problems I'm having, and they're happy to listen.”
When grappling with DVA claims (an often confusing and stressful process for veterans seeking government assistance), Craig could again depend on his Sub Branch for help.
“I've been seeing an RSL Advocate here for the past four years, and through him we've been able to get a lot of my claims across the line.
“The RSL has completely supported me. I thank them from the bottom of my heart because I know, and they know, that I wouldn't be here today without their support.”