About Us

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a fair deal afterwards.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 4 July 1903

Veterans Care - Who are weWhat is Veterans Care Association

Veterans Care Association was set up to support returning veterans and their families to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other challenges in returning to civilian life.

We give practical, direct support to our wounded, injured and sick…

We act as a central hub for Veteran Services, bringing together traditional medical practitioners, complimentary/holistic practitioners, therapists, counsellors and more to support your journey to good health and vitality.

It is our vision to raise the level of Holistic Health and Wellbeing in the Wider Veteran Community. 

We will achieve this vision through the continual and ongoing work towards providing:



To provide spiritually based pastoral care for the total well being of the Veterans, Families and their Supporters.

The essence of our provision of pastoral care is reflected in our symbol and the story of the Good Samaritan/Simpson and Donkey . ( Luke 10 :30 ) “He saw him ….he was moved with compassion…he drew close …he bandaged his wounds …he lifted him up , brought him to an inn …he arranged care for him .” What we offer is a compassionate proactive response to veteran’s situations. We are motivated by the love of God operative through us, to assure the person we are with, that they are cared for and can have hope. We offer free unconditional support , respectful of the person’s situation and beliefs.


welfareTo promote a renewed Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing for Veterans, Families and their Supporters.

The therapeutic model we advocate is the promotion of a comprehensive resilience building lifestyle that people intentionally embrace . We provide many specific suggestions on exercise , nutrition , mindfulness and prayerful practices like meditation, as well as nurture of relationships and purposeful living.



To provide educational services on Holistic Health and Total Wellbeing issues challenging Veterans, Families and their Supporters.

Veterans Care staff are in demand for providing multimedia presentations to many community groups on Veterans health challenges and the virtues of holistic health. A range of articles are also provided on our website.


self responsibility

To develop Self- Responsibility Holistic Wellbeing Lifestyle Regimes for individual Veterans, Families and their supporters to access.

Veterans Care promotes the need for Veterans and their families to take responsibility for their health. We seek to empower people through education to be constantly seeking more understanding about health matters, and to reflect critically on the unhealthy practices they may be addicted to.


social enterprise

To assist Veterans, Families and their supporters to establish social enterprises so they may develop their own sense of Self-Worth and Community.  We believe that everyone can play a part in helping others and indeed part of the pathway to health is to be carer for others. All will be encouraged to engage with some form of support to the Veteran community.


Our support services directory acts as a central hub for Veterans and their families looking for the support and assistance they require. 


To read more about the strategies that we are using to achieve these objectives, please click here

Click here to view our Support Services Directory

The Veterans Care Association Support Team

Gary Stone

The Veterans Padre & President

I was born in Brisbane on 17 Sep 52 to Daphne and Alf Stone .My parents desired that my brother Craig and I hav

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Michael Stone

Special Projects Officer

Australian Army Major Michael Stone was considered Australia’s fix-it man for many years in East Timo

Michael Albrecht

Life Coach

Hello everybody. My name is Michael Albrecht and I am very e

Wayne Robson


About Wayne

Col Ahern


Our secretary Col Ahern served over 30 years in the Army as well as working in government. Col is a great man o

Dr Merryn Thomae

Dr. Merryn Thomae served as a Medical Officer in the ADF, with postings in Australia, the Middle East and East

Simon Wilson

Behavioural Specialist & VCA Volunteer

Simon is a behavioural specialist currently working with teachers and schools to help them support students who

Rowena Langan

VCA Client Support Officer (Admin Services)

Hello everyone, my name is Rowena Langan and I am pleased to be joining the team at Veterans Care Association a

Candice Carroll

Client Support Officer (Psychological services)

Hello everyone, my name is Candice Carroll. I am pleased to be joining part of the team here at Veterans care A

The Veterans Care Health & Wellbeing Team 

Medical Doctors

  • Dr Ian Marshall, The Gap, ex RAAF GP, President Knights of Malta
  • Dr Merryn Thomae, Nambour/Sth Brisbane, ex Army GP (Timor), Endocrinologist
  • Dr Andrew Burke, Chermside, ex Army GP (Bougainville, Sudan) Respiratory Physician
  • Dr Margaret Buring, Natural Bridge, GP, Nutritionist

Nursing Officers

  • Mrs Wendy Taylor, New Farm, ex Army (Rwanda, Timor)
  • Arthur Davis, ex Army (Somalia, Timor)


  • Dr John Barletta, Windsor, Clinical Psychologist and Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Mrs Chris Hully, Spring Hill, Clinical Psychologist
  • Ms Caitlin Proctor, (Provisional) Army Toowong
  • Ms Sharon Nugent
  • Ms Phoebe Cooper


  • Rev Gary Stone, Army, AFP (Malaysia, Fiji, Iran Iraq, Timor, Solomons, Bougainville)
  • Rev Peter Devenish Meares, Rosallie, Army
  • Rev Graeme Ramsden,Ormiston, (Vietnam, Timor) ex Army
  • Rev Des Neagle Mt Gravatt, ex Army
  • Rev Tina Waugh
  • Lyall Cowall, Caboolture, ex Army (Timor)

Exercise Physiologist

  • Mr Russell Jones, Keperra

Behaviour Specialist

  • Mr Simon Wilson, Teacher, Behaviour Specialist

Social Worker

  • Ms Elaine Evans, Nerang


  • Dr Chris Carter, Nerang
  • Dr Matt Platz, Alderley
  • Dr Patrick Ferries, Morningside

Massage Therapist and Reflexologist

  • Mr Robert Vicary, The Gap

Pastoral Carers

  • Maj Paul Randall, Army Canungra, (SWPacific, Afghan)
  • WO2 Gary Fowle, ex Army, Nerang (Timor)
  • Maj Michael Stone, Army, Kelvin Grove (Timor)
  • Sgt Colin Jolley, ex Army Ormeau
  • Prof Bob Breen, ex Army, Labrador (Bouganville, Timor, Somalia, Afganistan)

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