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ARVL Appeal to help end veteran homelessness

ARVL Appeal to help end veteran homelessness

Western Australian veterans have selflessly risked their lives to protect our nation's best interests. Sadly, upon returning from service, they face yet another challenge.

The latest research suggests that veterans are now three times more at risk of homelessness than everyday Australians.

But the battle doesn't end there, with homelessness being only one challenge that some of our veterans bravely face. According to a recent report, the homelessness has flow on effects for veterans, with suicide being more prevalent with those experiencing homelessness than those who are not. Reports also show retired male and female veterans are more likely to die of suicide than the average Australian.

With most veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness not seeking help until it's too late, what we're witnessing in our community is a silent cry for help.

To help the veterans who need it most, RAAFA is calling on all Western Australians to join forces to help end veteran homelessness by supporting the inaugural ARVL Appeal.

The ARVL Appeal aims to raise funds to support the development of purpose-built emergency veteran accommodation in our state to deliver RAAFA's ARVL program. Upon completion, the WA ARVL accommodation site will consist of 16 purpose-built units that specifically cater to veteran needs.

What many people don't realise is that veteran homelessness differs to that of the general population, with four in five veterans experiencing homelessness reporting mental health conditions including PTSD.

In response to this, RAAFA's ARVL program will provide vital support to connect veteran residents with wellbeing and health services that will help them get back on their feet. Such services have proven incredibly successful in the South Australian ARVL program, with nine in ten veteran residents successfully securing long-term, stable accommodation after receiving support.

With most veterans in need of emergency accommodation having served almost a decade, now is our chance to return the favour for their dedicated service.

Help Western Australian veterans experiencing homelessness get back on their feet by supporting the ARVL Appeal and join us to commemorate ARVL Awareness Week from 9-16 February 2024.

To show your support, you can purchase a $9 ARVL Badge on 9 February at the ARVL Appeal HQ in Yagan Square, or from our volunteers at these train stations:

  • Mandurah
  • Bull Creek
  • Fremantle
  • Claremont
  • Airport Central
  • Butler
  • Midland
  • Joondalup
  • Perth Underground
  • Elizabeth Quay

Paying tribute to the namesake of the ARVL program, in honour of Sergeant Andrew Russell's tragic passing, all Western Australians who purchase an ARVL badge will be invited to wear their badge with pride in his memory on 16 February. This will also mark the end of ARVL Awareness Week.

You can also donate online at any time by visiting the ARVL Appeal donation website (use QR code)

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