I know a Veteran in crisis/suicidal, what should I do?

Ask them if they are suicidal.

If you are in doubt assume they are Stay with them and keep them safe.

Call 000

Can I donate to Warriors Return?

You sure can, we need your help!! Please hit the donate button and follow the prompts. (Under Construction)

What is your definition of Veteran?

We consider a Veteran to be anyone who has served in the Australian Defence Force (whether they have deployed overseas or not)

Do you only help Veterans who have deployed on operational service?

NO! We help anyone who has served (and their families)

Do you help Veterans from all services?

Yes we do, we cater for all services.

Do you only help younger Veterans?

No! We help any Veteran, it doesn’t matter age, service or conflict

Do you help families as well?

YES! We see families as crucial to empowering our veterans.

How can I help out or get involved?

Just follow this link to our “Get Involved” page

How can I get on one of your programs?

Check out the “How We Help” page and follow the link to send us an email.

If I donate, how is my money used?

We use every cent to help veterans or their families. We are all volunteers; we don’t get paid. We spend your money assisting Veterans and their families when they are in crisis or we use it to fund our programs.

Are you Veterans yourselves?

The majority of us are Veterans however we also have representatives who are not.

How do you raise money?

We rely solely on the good will of the Australian public. We take donations, we sell merchandise, we run events and we are sponsored by individuals and by businesses.

How many Veterans have you helped?

Literally thousands, and the number continues to grow.

When did Warriors Return start?

We started as a Facebook community on the 30th of August 2012. We became an Incorporated Association on the 17th September 2013.

How many Veterans have PTSD?

We estimate that there are approximately 400 000 Veterans in Australia and that approximately 31% of them have PTSD (that’s approximately 124 000 Veterans with PTSD!)

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event. That is, they have experienced or witnessed an event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them, and led to feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror. This can be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods.

What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?

People with PTSD often experience feelings of panic or extreme fear, similar to the fear they felt during the traumatic event. A person with PTSD experiences four main types of difficulties.

Re-living the traumatic event

The person relives the event through unwanted and recurring memories, often in the form of vivid images and nightmares. There may be intense emotional or physical reactions, such as sweating, heart palpitations or panic when reminded of the event.

Being overly alert or wound up

The person experiences sleeping difficulties, irritability and lack of concentration, becoming easily startled and constantly on the lookout for signs of danger.

Avoiding reminders of the event

The person deliberately avoids activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the event because they bring back painful memories.

Feeling emotionally numb

The person loses interest in day-to-day activities, feels cut off and detached from friends and family, or feels emotionally flat and numb.