Denise Hand gives some massage tips as she works on Lyn Glover’s shoulders at the Partners of Veterans Support Group meeting at the Hervey Bay RSL.
Denise Hand gives some massage tips as she works on Lyn Glover’s shoulders at the Partners of Veterans Support Group meeting at the Hervey Bay RSL. A Brightman

Veterans’ partners can rely on support

THERE are many changes in the pipeline for veterans and their partners around the country and the Fraser Coast Partners of Veterans group has a strong voice to represent them to help bring these changes about.

Co-ordinator of the Fraser Coast Support Group, Alison Bowman, is on the state management committee as vice president, she is the state representative on the National Board and is representative on the DVA - National Age and Community Care Forum and intends to take members concerns and suggestions to the forums.

The Fraser Coast group shared a social morning tea at Mary Delicious in Maryborough last week and enjoyed each other's company, delicious food and coffee.

Long-time member Shirley said it was great to have a social get-together in between official meetings.

"This is a great opportunity to get together with a group of ladies with similar problems so we can talk to each other," Shirley said.

"The meetings are a great way to keep in touch with everything that's going on.

"It's also nice to know there's support if we need it, and I'd like to see partners of some of our younger veterans join us," she said.

New member Mary Slater has only been attending the meetings since February and said it was hard to get out for the first time but she knew she had to do it.

"Sometimes you just have to make yourself get out and meet people," Mary said.

"You need to motivate yourself to move out of your own comfort zone and it's nice to know there are people prepared to help and offer support."

Hervey Bay resident Trish Miller has been going to the meetings for nine years and said the morning teas brought everyone a little closer together.

"There are beautiful ladies in the group and Alison is an absolute angel and I don't know how she does everything she does for us," Trish said.

"If there are any veterans' partners out there who are looking for companionship, or a shoulder to cry, on we're all here to support them.

"If we ever need someone for whatever reason, all we need do is ring and they'll be here to help us."

Partners of Veterans get together on the third Monday of each month alternating between Maryborough and Hervey Bay. The next support group meeting is on Monday, August 18 at 10am in the Hervey Bay RSL Club.

Partners of Veterans, Fraser Coast Support Group welcome you to attend their activities as they continue to support and encourage each other and reduce the isolation of Partners of Veterans. Other services available include Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, free counselling and support for members and families.