Not all wounds bleed

RSA Poppy Appeal 2018 to shine a light on Veterans' mental health.

RSA Poppy Appeal 2018 to shine a light on Veterans' mental health.

Not all wounds bleed.

That is the theme for Poppy Day tomorrow when Gisborne RSA poppy sellers will be out in the city looking for public support.

The RSA will gratefully receive all donations, which Gisborne RSA president Don Hay says will be spent here to care for servicemen and women and their families living in the community

The 2018 theme, Not All Wounds Bleed, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common but least understood of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women.

RSA national president BJ Clark said the RSA was committed to providing a wide range of help to former members of the military who had served in deployments around the world.

“There is a growing demand for our support services, including an increasing number with service-induced mental health injuries.

“These are best described as any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from duties.

“These injuries might occur because of exposure to trauma or stress arising from combat, operational duties in a conflict zone, or other traumatic or serious events such as civil defence emergency or disaster relief.”

Mr Clark said New Zealand now had 41,000 veterans — the most at any time since the end of the Second World War.

“Many Kiwis would be surprised to learn that nearly three-quarters of those veterans served in overseas deployments since the Vietnam War.

‘This younger generation of veterans have to deal with many of the same life challenges as those earlier generations of servicemen and women.

“But perhaps without the understanding of the public that they too had experienced some dangerous, stressful and personally distressing situations in their service for New Zealand.

“This can lead to the kind of mental health challenges that many of our former servicemen and women are dealing with on a daily basis.”

  • Donations can also be made online at rsa.org.nz/donate, at any ANZ branch, and via the NZME Pin-a-Poppy Appeal text donations (people can contribute $3 by texting POPPY to 4622).

Not all wounds bleed.

That is the theme for Poppy Day tomorrow when Gisborne RSA poppy sellers will be out in the city looking for public support.

The RSA will gratefully receive all donations, which Gisborne RSA president Don Hay says will be spent here to care for servicemen and women and their families living in the community

The 2018 theme, Not All Wounds Bleed, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common but least understood of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women.

RSA national president BJ Clark said the RSA was committed to providing a wide range of help to former members of the military who had served in deployments around the world.

“There is a growing demand for our support services, including an increasing number with service-induced mental health injuries.

“These are best described as any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from duties.

“These injuries might occur because of exposure to trauma or stress arising from combat, operational duties in a conflict zone, or other traumatic or serious events such as civil defence emergency or disaster relief.”

Mr Clark said New Zealand now had 41,000 veterans — the most at any time since the end of the Second World War.

“Many Kiwis would be surprised to learn that nearly three-quarters of those veterans served in overseas deployments since the Vietnam War.

‘This younger generation of veterans have to deal with many of the same life challenges as those earlier generations of servicemen and women.

“But perhaps without the understanding of the public that they too had experienced some dangerous, stressful and personally distressing situations in their service for New Zealand.

“This can lead to the kind of mental health challenges that many of our former servicemen and women are dealing with on a daily basis.”

  • Donations can also be made online at rsa.org.nz/donate, at any ANZ branch, and via the NZME Pin-a-Poppy Appeal text donations (people can contribute $3 by texting POPPY to 4622).
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