An Open Letter to all Veterans from George Hulse OAM
We have a Vietnam brother who needs urgent financial assistance. His name is John Kimmorley. He served as a combat engineer (Sapper) in the 1st Field Squadron Royal Australian Engineers at Nui Dat in 1968. He was medevaced from Vietnam with serious respiratory system issues and did not recover. He is a DVA Gold card recipient. He is being assisted by his daughter (Brooke) who has sold her furniture, run raffles and conducted fund-raising stalls at markets. She is a new mother and lives two hours’ drive from her dad (one way). She has raised a creditable $13,000 to help her father’s situation. She needs another $22,000 but has hit a brick wall from a plethora of institutions whom she thought would help a veteran in financial distress.
The job is to raise $22,000 in donations from our brotherhood of veterans. Anyone who is not a veteran is also invited to help.
Why Are We Doing This?
John lives in his own home at Woombye in Queensland. He insured his house with a reputable insurance company. White ants ate out his roof trusses without him suspecting that they were there. When internal ceilings began to sag and leak water, John called in the experts who identified the culprits. John put a claim in to the insurance company but they refused to pay a cent because the damage was done by termites. The cost to repair the damage is around $35,000. John does not have the money to fix the problem. He receives a DVA and small superannuation payment that cover his daily expenses.
To date, Brooke has called almost 70 veteran organisations to ask for assistance but she received rejection. Some of these veteran institutions told Brooke that they might be able to assist when John is homeless but not prior to homelessness.
I have personally visited John’s house at Woombye and can confirm that in one room the ceiling is collapsing and in another there is extensive water damage from the roof leaking. From further inspection builders and roof technicians have confirmed that the roof is extremely dangerous and that whole roof system will collapse completely in just a short amount of time. Action is needed as soon as possible.
A Helping Hand for a Brother In Need
We can all help John (and Brooke) by donating whatever you can spare to the following bank account (Brooke’s):
A/C name: John Kimmorley Repairs Fund.
George Hulse OAM
President Toowong RSL s/b
President 1 FD SQN GP RAE Association
A/President ADF Trackers and War Dogs Association
30 November 2020
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