The Legacy Club of Wagga covers an area just smaller than Belgium and currently cares for 567 widows, five dependents with disabilities and seven families with younger children.
Over the past twenty years, members of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) have served on peacekeeping and humanitarian missions as well as in fields of war.
Like those who served before them, many servicemen and women continue to lose their health as a result of their military service and are living with the aftereffects.
Legacy is a uniquely Australian organisation providing ongoing and lifetime support for families of these ADF personnel if and when it is needed. Established in 1923 by ex-servicemen originally to keep a promise "to take care of the missus and the kids", Legacy continues to care for 60,000 people across Australia.
While 96 per cent of these are widows of veterans from earlier campaigns, it is the ever-increasing numbers of defence families from the four per cent turning to Legacy for assistance that makes it important to keep the promise made nearly a century ago.
Legacy Wagga is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of families with practical assistance aimed to provide relief for financial hardship, advocate for entitlements, helping families thrive despite their adversity or loss and assistance with children's education and development.
Locally, the Kapooka-Legacy Scholarship assists a student, with a relative who has served in the army, by providing financial assistance to further their education at Charles Sturt University Wagga campus.
A second scholarship for study at Riverina TAFE is also available.
Adventure activities and holiday camps offer parents respite and introduce children to the opportunity to share experiences and establish friendships with other children in similar circumstances.
Anzac Day is a time for reflection. A time to remember the cost to those who have served our country and those who continue to live with the consequences of Australia's operational involvement.
It is a time to be grateful and to make sure Legacy's promise to take care of their families lives on.