There are thousands of organisations, Australia wide, that provides services to Australian Veterans.  Their programs and support is of significance, no matter their size, and we honor their existence.    Searching and being aware of what is entitled to Veterans and their family is overly complex, and difficult to navigate, and not all organisations are able to fund advertisements or obtain a high public profile to reach Veterans where their services may be of benefit to them.  This is not only a struggle for Veterans themselves, but also for their family and loved ones who have to try to assist or gain support during this struggle.  AV Connect is closing this integral gap!

'Esprit de corps (pronounced es-pree deh core) translates from French as group spirit. It is a synonym for words like morale, comradeship, and purpose.  In its strictest sense, its applied only to military groups, who together form a sense of purpose and comradeship.'

AV Connect is giving back by forming a purpose of togetherness - forever and not forgotten -

No Veteran should be disadvantaged by their unique experience of ADF service, and this means being provided access to all organisations that may assist and or support them.   AV Connect is the only program that is bringing all services onto one site for all Veterans to view what is entitled and provided to them. 

 

AV Connect is giving every Veteran the ability to search, and connect with any organisation that may assist them, as the choice and freedom to access all support networks enhances Veterans individual needs.  

GIVING CHOICE AND FREEDOM
Enhancing Veterans knowledge of entitlements

AV Connect

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About the Founders of the AV Connect Program

In 2019 the Founder of the AV Connect Program was again diagnosed with advanced Melanoma Cancer that had spread, and a 20% chance of survival was given, all whilst her Veteran son had just returned from deployment and ready to go on another exercise.  The Founder's wish was to help her son which would also stem to help all other Veterans get through family traumas whilst serving for our Country, by having a one place social services virtual world to seek support and access a network of organisations.  As the Founder went onto a rigorous clinical trial for 12 months of immunotherapy, her concept had to be placed aside.  In 2020 the concept entered small steps towards the main goal and until the Founder was well enough to bring her ideas together, the RCSS website was introduced as her stepping stone with the concept.

 

In 2021 whilst driving hundreds of kilometres to assist the most vulnerable, including Veterans and families, the Founder and her Veteran husband appreciated all the small organisations that were making a large impact although not in the public eye or gaining large grants and endorsements from the government.  We are about inclusiveness and encouragement of ALL that volunteer their own time and assistance for Veterans, whether large or small.  Then, Doctors and medical professionals started to embrace our concept using our linking book to organisations and support services to assist their Veteran patients.

 

In 2022 we partnered with the Veterans Advocacy Community of Practice to finally bring the program alive as a larger site, instead of just being a page on the Charity website since 2020.

 

Every little or large step is as equally important for Veterans, and we feel that AV Connect provides every opportunity for all Veterans to make informed individual choices through accessing all organisations on one site. The Founders are Veterans and family members, and have had a connection to Veterans since 1939 and still continue to have family members serve.  Community Philanthropy has been in the Founders family since the mid 1800s in Australia, and it was an easy decision to continue the legacy, especially behind the scenes.   ​'Veteran' has a special meaning to us.   It is special for those that have served in the ADF, and also to their families, which in turn transpires a meaning to the wider community.   

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A touching message from afghanistan to the founding member, after sending 4 boxes of Australian snacks, gifts and art each and every week for a period of 6 months to Australian and international soldiers to give her support.

Foundation of the initiative - AV Connect

In 2020 we registered as a Not-for-profit & Charity Organisation providing welfare support to our most vulnerable with the aim to build a virtual world for support (wich was initially achieved for everyone). 

Individual circumstances of every single Veteran is complex and there are thousands of organisations, quite a few government agencies and even more organisations that provide at least one support mechanism that may assist in a way that the other may not.   This is why it is extremely important that AV Connect is formed and providing a connection to all available support networks without the feeling of someone controlling and limiting support or making a profit out of Veterans or services.    Each and every organisation knows what scope they service, and by a Veteran connecting to an organisation near them, it provides a sense of belonging and a beginning of assistance. No one organisation can provide every part of what a Veteran may require, but, each will give purpose and unity, becoming a web of collaborating and networking for that Veteran to gain support through many more knowledge based referrals.

 

There are thousands of services, and organisations that provide support but are too overwhelming to search, acknowledging there are some in the public eye, however 80% are not promoted but equally can provide valuable assistance.   Many felt that they did not have choice or freedom, and were missing vital support to meet all their needs, especially if they did not provide a physical presence in their area, for example rural regions.  Some of the smaller organisations may be holding information or assistance and support that may compliment larger and more recognised ex-service organisations and to have a choice in meeting their individual needs, having access is important.    It is clear that we all hold the highest respect for ALL ex-service organisations and others that support Veterans as part of their overall programs .

 

Giving the freedom and choice back to Veterans to know all available services entitled to them that leads to their own improved health and welfare outcomes. Whether it’s Australia, each individual State, or person, the freedoms we enjoy and most importantly, how our personal stories began, supporting our Veterans, is about ALL coming together and paying tribute to thank Veterans for their service, and celebrate progress to unity and togetherness.   Never leaving a comrade behind, bringing us to the spoken words, worldwide,  NOT FORGOTTEN

In addition, we also considered the statistical data for the AV Connect initiative and this provided an insight to developing a "one place, one roof, one concept".

Linking Everyone

For one Common Goal

Freedom as a Veteran and family member to learn & or be supported by ALL available organisations that truly give their valued time and hearts!