Troops deployed on overseas operations welcome support from members of the public, particularly around commemorative days such as Anzac Day.
The best way to express your support and thoughts for our troops is to send an email. Emails sent to deployed personnel are distributed widely and contribute to lift the morale of members on operations.
Take the time to view messages sent home from troops who are serving overseas. While troops enjoy receiving messages from home, they enjoy sending messages just as much. In preparation for Anzac Day, troops send video messages home to family, friends, and the Australian public. These messages, once available, can be viewed at the Defence Video Gallery.
The National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) are great supporters of our Australian troops, and will broadcast some of these messages at their Anzac Day matches.
If you wish to contribute more than an email on Anzac Day we encourage you to make a lasting contribution to ex-service organisations that support returned Defence personnel, Veterans and their families. There are a range of different organisations in Australia that provide ongoing services to returned troops in the areas of mental health, employment support, training, and individual and family welfare. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a list of ex-service organisations in Australia. Donations to ex-service organisations contribute to ongoing support to those who have served Australia.
The RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund prepares care packages that are dispatched twice yearly to Defence personnel deployed on operations. These care packs contain various non-perishable items, a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians and RSL Membership contact details. Importantly, these packs are professionally prepared and meet all Defence and host nation transport and import requirements. Donations to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund can be made online. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and every donation is individually acknowledged by the RSL.
The mailing window for goodwill mail packages has now closed for Anzac Day 2019.
No further packages will be accepted.
The next mailing window will be for Christmas 2019, with dates to be determined.
This Anzac Day, members of the public are encouraged to instead consider general care packages for their local veteran charities and nursing homes.
Defence will not accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to strict care requirements relating to both their diet and their training programs.