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This Young Brisbane Family Were Left Homeless

This Saturday is the 11th November, Remembrance Day. At 11am we remember our fallen men and women who gave their lives for our country.

But what about those servicemen and women, who return from battle and face serious physical and psychological challenges to fit back in society?

Bianca’s chat with Emma continues.

The beginning of this year was particularly difficult for Emma and her family.

Just before Christmas last year, Brock ended up in hospital because of a breakdown and after months of asking for help, they were finally allowed to move from Townsville to Brisbane for support.

“He was in hospital and we found out the day he went to hospital, that we were given approval to move, so we had a week to move,” Emma told Bianca. “I’d been hammering at them [the army], my husband needs help and no one will help us.”

A few weeks prior, there was a list emailed with all of the support that Emma and Brock would receive once they arrived back in Brisbane – defence housing and removal assistance.

The day before the move, they received a phone call to say the residence had fallen through, as they “were not entitled to the house anymore” due to a previous situation, nor were they entitled to temporary accommodation. Effectively, leaving Emma and Brock homeless.

“It was mind-boggling,” Emma said. “I was so shocked and I lost it because he was so sick. How do you tell a veteran who is sick in hospital that he doesn’t have a home?”

“If things go wrong at Christmas time, it’s very hard to get help.”

Hear the second half of Bianca’s chat with the very brave Emma.

Mates For Mates play a vital role in helping “our mates” and their families to work through the many challenges they may be facing.

For more information or to donate to Mates4Mates, click here.

READ THE REST OF THEIR STORY HERE: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4Part 5

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