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Affectionately called ‘Australia’s largest family’, Legacy is a dedicated to caring for the wellbeing and welfare of the widows, partners and children of deceased or incapacitated veterans of war and peacekeeping operations.
Today, Legacy’s caring and compassionate service assists over 65,000 widows and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability.
In the past 15 years, more than 50,000 Australians have served in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Somalia and Rawanda. Veterans of these and future conflicts can be confident that Legacy will always be there to care for their widows, partners and families.
Our support and services also extend to include the dependants of current members of the Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or their health as a result of their military service.
Legacy draws its strength from the tradition of voluntary service, caring and mateship, which has endured for 90 years.
Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:
- the protection of individuals and families basic needs
- advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits;
- assisting families through bereavement; and
- helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.
Legacy is a uniquely Australian organisation founded in 1923 by World War I veterans.
They believed they had to accept a legacy of responsibility for the welfare of the wives and children of their comrades who were killed in the war or died subsequently.
Legacy has met that commitment over the intervening years and continues to deliver some of the stability, guidance and assistance that a partner would normally provide to his or her family.
The Spirit of Legacy is Service, and the key element is the personal contact which is maintained by individual Legatees with those widow(er)s and other dependants whom they assist. It is this personal contact that makes Legacy care special and gives the work of Legacy its unique character.
Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers from all walks of life. The majority of Legacy services are delivered by legatees.
A Legatee is a volunteer member, who, in accepting the traditions and values of Legacy, makes the personal commitment to serve the widows, partners and families of deceased and incapacitated servicemen and women given to their care.
Legacy’s tradition and values have been passed on to each generation of Legatees by experienced mentors. They assist new Legatees to develop the skills and knowledge required to perform their duties.
There are more than 6,000 Legatees around Australia who act as mentors to the widows and their families and who ensure Legacy’s promise to care for the families of deceased veterans is kept
There are over 45 Legatees on the Sunshine Coast, providing support to over 1,000 widows, children and disabled dependants. That means one Legatee cares for over 20 widows, children and families.
Duties of a Legatee
A Legatee is allocated a number of Legacy widows and families to care for. This personal contact by Legatees is a hallmark of Legacy, and ensures the provision of caring, compassionate and responsive support. Legacy, through its Legatees, provides:
- Education and general welfare support, advice and assistance
- Programs and services including youth, social inclusion and disability support
- Information, support and referral to community, local, state and federal government services
- Knowledge and information about accessing financial grants and loans, and other practical assistance based on individual and family circumstances
- Administrative and advocacy support for War Widow and other pension applications and entitlements.