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VETERANS AWAKEN TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE - MONTAGE MAGAZINE

1 February 2018

Organised by the Veterans Care Association (VCA), and supported by Bolton Clarke, the innovative program takes war veterans back to the country where Australian soldiers played a key role in the successful struggle for peace and independence. The circuit-breaker experience is designed to awaken veterans to the potential for a healthy and productive future using a combination of holistic health education, personal and group engagement, peer-to-peer support, pastoral care, mentoring and historical commemoration.

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RETIRED NAVY MEDIC WHO SUFFERED DEPRESSION FOR 15 YEARS TURNS LIFE AROUND THROUGH TIMOR AWAKENING

19 September 2017

FOR 15 years former Navy medic Kerri Howie struggled with major clinical depression. Now the 48–year-old Kedron veteran has found a life-changing mission – thanks to the Veterans’ Care Association, headed by Catholic Deacon Gary Stone.

 

A year ago Ms Howie travelled to Timor Leste as a member of Timor Awakening, a unique VCA rehabilitation program designed for veterans and with spirituality at its core. “My life changed and after all those years feeling isolated and alone I came out of the dark – I felt part of a community,” she said.

Since her 11-day Timor visit, and with ongoing treatment, Ms Howie has been brimming with new-found energy and purpose.

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LEADING CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST PRAISES VETERAN PROGRAM ‘TIMOR AWAKENING’

17 April 2017

A LEADING clinical psychologist has praised the “quality healing” of the rehabilitation program Timor Awakening, which is helping veterans deal with PTSD, substance abuse, isolation and thoughts of committing suicide.

 

Brisbane-based Dr John Barletta, who volunteered as a consultant on the Timor Awakening program, said “it has been inspiring to see veterans and leaders connect, support, guide, challenge, and educate one another” and “regain a sense of worth in their lives”.

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16 December 2016

I am a veteran managing depression. For many veterans like me, mental illness is a private nightmare that becomes a public humiliation as well as a disaster for loved ones. The consequences include relationship breakdown, substance abuse, unemployment and suicide. I have been publicly humiliated by my illness. I am divorced. I have lost my job. I am managing my illness much better now and have another job. I am writing to share the effects of the Timor Awakening program on me and others.

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RSL NEWS 6/16 - TIMOR AWAKENS

November 2016

Aimed at raising the level of holistic health and wellbeing in the wider veteran community, the Timor Awakening program, delivered by the Veterans Care Association with the support of RSL (Queensland Branch) and the Government of Timor-Leste, provided an opportunity for veterans to heal from the emotional and mental wounds of their service.

REBUILDING VETERANS' LIVES

22 May 2016

DEACON Gary Stone and his son Michael are both defence veterans and passionate about helping our young soldiers return to their families and civilian life.
Together, they took on a new challenge last week – calling for greater public awareness about the plight of returning veterans, and seeking financial assistance for their mission through the Veterans Care Association.

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NEW VETERANS’ REHABILITATION PROGRAM IN TIMOR TO COMBAT “HEALTH CRISIS” AND INCREASED SUICIDE RATES WITH SPIRITUALITY

14 April 2016

HUNDREDS of Australian veterans are expected to travel to Timor Leste as part of a unique rehabilitation program with spirituality at its core.

The 12-month program, called Timor Awakening, is taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate.

RSL NEWS 2/2016, TIMOR AWAKENING - THE HISTORY BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES CONTINUES AS VETERANS RETURN

March, 2016

A new venture born from the experiences
of three Timor veterans aims to show veterans of all eras
the positive outcomes of service and assist in their healing and rehabilitation.

east timor-Journey to nationhood: ABC iview

On August 30, 1999, the people of Timor-Leste voted in favor of independence from Indonesia. The bid for nationhood was marred by bloodshed, prompting the intervention of an international peacekeeping mission led by Australia. Two decades on, ABC News returns to East Timor for special coverage.

War Veterans Healing Through Community Work in East Timor

Phil Burgess (then a Warrant officer in the New Zealand Army)and Rhys Broadfoot (Army Medic) tell their story of the scars that have been left since their time spent in Timor in 1999 while serving with the Australian-led peacekeeping force in East Timor. 

19th September 2019

"Doing things that are purposeful and doing things that are creating an impact can reignite the fire in their belly, give them happiness and purpose, identity again,"

War Veterans Healing Through Community Work in East Timor

19th September 2019

It's 20 years tomorrow since Australia led the international force into East Timor, in the wake of the devastating violence waged by pro-Indonesian militias. But it's not just the Timorese who were victims. Many war veterans have paid a heavy, personal price for the trauma and killings they witnessed.

Now, a unique tour run by a former platoon leader is taking war vets back to help them confront and heal from the past.