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For Families

The RSA is here to provide support to the whānau of New Zealand's veterans of military service.

We know that the families of our military personnel experience many different hardships; from long absences, frequent relocations, even disruption to family routines caused by short notice exercises.

The nature of military service means it can also be difficult for partners to reliably schedule child care or to maintain employment and build meaningful careers.

That's why we don't just support the serviceperson, we support the whole whānau.

We encourage family members of those who serve (or have served) to contact one of our District Support Managers to find out what support could be available to them.


Photo credit: NZDF


The RSA is proud to partner with other organisations working to support New Zealand's service personnel and their families.

Some of those we work with include:


Force 4 Families

Force 4 Families is an NZDF-wide programme designed to support families, improve communication and build a stronger sense of community.

The word ‘family,’ is used in the broadest sense to mean those who support and are closest to currently serving NZDF personnel. This can include husbands, wives, partners, children and other whanau members. F4F has online information on handling postings, family and whanau support, financial information, and more – as well as contact details for people to talk to.

Force for Families: www.force4families.mil.nz


Vietnam Veterans and their Families Trust

The Vietnam Veterans and their Families Trust provides grants to Vietnam Veterans and their families to assist with relief from poverty or hardship. Grants are additional to any existing entitlements to which Vietnam Veterans may be entitled. The Trust aims to make day-to-day life easier for Vietnam veterans and their families who are struggling.

For more information on available assistance, click here.


The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust

The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust funds projects helping those with physical or mental injuries as a result of their deployed service, and their dependents. The Trust’s contribution will be tailored to meet the unique needs of the individuals and dependents. The charity focuses on helping casualties - those killed or injured - during New Zealand’s overseas deployments since 1999 and their immediate family members.

For more information, click here.