* 31 May 2022 *
We were delighted to have Mrs Jessie Mary Vasey’s granddaughter, Liz Vasey Koschitske speak at the Official Opening of our Wodonga Ex-Service Accommodation, and declare the units open by cutting the ribbon.
“This was an important opportunity for us to meet with the organisations supporting veterans in the Wodonga region,” says Chair of the Vasey RSL Care Board, Mike O’Meara OAM. “We were made to feel very welcome by this community and it is clear that there is a need for affordable accommodation for the veteran population in this region, as elsewhere.”
Mike talked to guests about our strategic plan to expand support to regional veterans and war widows, with Wodonga being our first location outside Melbourne/Geelong.
We were delighted to have Wodonga Mayor, Cr Kev Poulton and state member for Benambra, Bill Tilley MP (himself a veteran) say a few words about the veteran community and the accommodation situation in the region.
Liz Vasey Koschitzke lives locally and spoke passionately about the importance of the work her grandmother began after World War II and how meaningful it is to her to see her legacy continuing through Vasey RSL Care.
Our sincere thanks go to all who attended the opening, from local government, Albury and Wodonga RSL sub-branches, RSL Victoria state executive and senior management, current serving ADF members from the local ADF base, staff from Soldier On, Open Arms, and the Hume Veterans who we are already working with.
“We are committed to our strategy to encompass the veteran community right across Victoria, and we look forward to strengthening our ties with Wodonga,” says Mike.
Mike, Janna and Chris met with many of the local ex-service organisations at the Hume Veteran Information Centre, visited RSL Sub-Branches at Wodonga, Albury and Wangaratta, met with ADF personnel at the local base, with local MP, Mr Bill Tilley, and with Wodonga Mayor, Kev Poulton.
One of the messages that came through clearly over the trip was that the three Vasey RSL Care ex-service units were very much in need, and the organisations providing other services were very pleased to have this option available to them.
The trip served to help us get a much fuller understanding of the veteran community in Wodonga and the challenges faced by the local community.