Wandering Warriors’ Audie and Glad Moldre travelled to Maroochydore Camp and Conference Centre last weekend to share lunch and present a cheque to the ladies of Operation PTSD Support. The ladies were in the midst of a weekend retreat, enjoying activities like dragon boat racing and archery, a printing workshop, as well as art and craft therapy. Part of the weekend was also devoted to education about PTSD. It was good to see the local member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP, as well as RSL representatives giving their time to talk to the group.
Wandering Warriors exists ‘to provide care, support and opportunities for our veterans and their families’. The last part of that mission statement is crucial, because if we fail to recognise the central role of families, we miss the vital glue that binds our defence force. Despite the pivotal role of families, the resources and services available to them are limited. The ladies of Operation PTSD Support are overcoming the obstacles by sharing the load, making new friendships, and showing each other they’re not alone.
Donna Reggett has worked in the veteran community since 2001, assisting veterans returning from war zones with mental health problems. She founded Operation PTSD Support in 2013, believing that the families of veterans and first responders need to be cared for; that sometimes living with a veteran with PTSD can be exhausting and overwhelming. There are some 370 ladies now in the group across Australia, enjoying mutual support and social inclusion thanks to Donna and her team.
The $2000 cheque we presented to Donna was made possible by the support of the Ray White Group Queensland. Without their generous backing, our capacity to donate would be greatly restricted. We thank Ray White for their vision and the passion they bring to our cause. We know the families of veterans thank you as well.