Military compensation lawyers Slater and Gordon are urging Australians to support Legacy week (31 Aug – 6 Sept), saying the organisation is vitally important for injured veterans, their families and families of fallen veterans.
Slater and Gordon Military Compensation Lawyer Brian Briggs said with hundreds of defence personnel still deployed overseas, Legacy was just as important today as it was when it was established in the aftermath of World War I.
“Legacy has a long and proud history of providing support for veterans with disabilities and support for the families of fallen veterans.
“With the centenary of the Great War, it’s an appropriate time to reaffirm our support for the work that Legacy does and their ongoing commitment to veterans, most recently veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr Briggs said a number of his clients have been grateful for the assistance of Legacy, including counselling and other support, as they attempted to transition back into civilian life and come to terms with their injuries.
“Many injured veterans can’t work and are entitled to compensation through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, but that is just one component and doesn’t address the social isolation and struggle they face when returning to their families.
“It’s not just about the physical injury, veterans face an enormous psychological battle when they return as a result of the stress they have faced every day while deployed and the trauma they have witnessed.
“Legacy plays a vital role in providing support through this process but they, in turn, need our support.
“With a tough Federal budget that put the squeeze on pensions and other measures, the assistance Legacy provides is going to mean even more to veterans and their families,” he said.
Mr Briggs urged Australians to buy a badge during Legacy Week or donate to Legacy so the organisation can continue to undertake its vital work.