Families Of Veterans Guild

Media Announcement



SYDNEY, 23 April 2024 – Today marks the formal launch of the Families of Veterans Guild. A new brand name for what has been known as War Widows Guild of NSW. This new brand is the name our company, Australian War Widows NSW Ltd will operate under from today onwards.

With more than half a million families of veterans in Australia and only a small segment currently eligible for support, we are filling existing gaps in the veteran support landscape.

We know that service in the defence force and its impacts have changed significantly since our beginnings in 1946, and we are responding to those changes and community expectations.

Almost 70 years ago, our founder Ms Jessie Vasey CBE OBE said: “We are now becoming an older women’s group and I feel that if we remain as such the organisation will die. We must become an inclusive group if we are to survive.

Since this comment in 1955, we have held on to this steadfast belief. We have been listening and opening our organisation beyond the traditional widow of war to include all widows whose loved ones died as a result of their service, be it on operations, or from service-related injury or illness. Today we take the next step, we become the inclusive organisation Jessie envisaged all those years ago.

It takes a village to provide wholistic and quality support to the families of our veterans throughout their entire life journey. It is only when we as a community work together that we can fill existing gaps and improve the lives of the families of our veterans.

We all have a role to play in supporting those that stand behind those that stand for us. Want to help? Or learn more? Visit our new website www.familiesofveterans.org.au or email us at guild@fov.org.au we’d love to hear from you.


For more information, please contact Shannon O’Mara at somara@sefiani.com.au or +61 407 770 994.

About Families of Veterans Guild

The Families of Veterans Guild (under company name: Australian War Widows NSW) is an inclusive non-for-profit organisation whose mission is to provide the defence and veteran family community with a voice, facilitate access to services, entitlements and support their social and emotional wellbeing.  

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