FORCES UNITE: Joan Purdie from BlueCare, Second World War veteran Herbert
FORCES UNITE: Joan Purdie from BlueCare, Second World War veteran Herbert "Bert" Huttley and President of the RSL Yeppoon Sub-branch, as the two organisations work together to support veterans. Chris Ison ROK281016crsl1

Helping hand for local vets

BLUE Care resident Bert Huttley may not have to worry about taking care of himself when things go wrong, but this is not the case for many local veterans his age who still live independently.

That's why the Yeppoon RSL Sub-Branch and Blue Care decided to team up to cut through red tape to provide immediate support for local veterans at a time when they need it most.

RSL president Joe Daly told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week he came up with the idea, which no other RSL across the state has done before, after he had a lot of trouble trying to organise transport for a veteran from hospital to his home.

"The healthcare provider I was speaking to said that because the veteran had not been registered with them, they couldn't help him get home or provide any support after his injury,” Mr Daly said.

"Sometimes it's difficult to get care immediately and there's a lot of red tape to battle through. And that's not good enough for my members. "

Mr Daly said a lot of his RSL members still lived independently and this new support system would help them continue to do that.

"If you are a member of the RSL, you'll be able to access this support, which means Blue Care will transport you form the hospital to home, a nurse will visit you to dress wounds or teach you how to care for your injury and we'll also organise someone to help with things like mowing the lawn,” he said.

Mr Daly wanted to remind the community that although the RSL may be known for its cheap beer and meals, that was only a means of supporting their primary mission of looking after young and old veterans.

"We have ex-serviceman who've just returned from Afghanistan in their 20s and 30s all the way to our World War Two veterans in their 90s,” he said.

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