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Brisbane deacon and veteran reveals dismay over shocking SAS war crimes

By Deacon Gary Stone LIKE many of the 750,000 living veterans in Australia, more than 120,000 of them in Brisbane archdiocese, I have spent the past few days struggling with a diverse range of emotions, from shock to disgust, to anger and grief, as we have become more aware of criminal behaviour by rogue operators within the Special Air Service ... Read More »

Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone defends new Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn

A BRISBANE Catholic deacon and former military chaplain has defended Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is under fire for his lavish lifestyle and quirky behaviour. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Bangkok to speak out against their ruler – the richest monarch in the world – who’s accused of funding his wild ways at ... Read More »

Deacon Gary Stone honours his own family at Order of Australia Medal investiture

When Deacon Gary Stone stepped up to receive an Order of Australia Medal for his charitable work supporting veterans and their families, he wanted his own family to be recognised too. Even with strict COVID-19 attendance restrictions in place, Deacon Stone sought extraordinary permission for his wife Lynne and four adult children to attend his investiture at Queensland’s Government House ... Read More »

Nation’s first face-to-face program for veterans in isolation launched in Brisbane

COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced Brisbane archdiocese’s Veteran Care Association to put on hold its successful rehabilitation program, Timor Awakening, in the former conflict zone of East Timor. But rather than drop a program helping to improve the health and wellbeing of hundreds of veteran and their families from across Australia, the association’s leaders have set out on a new ... Read More »

Chaplain to veterans hopes new initiative will help stop veteran suicide

CATHOLICS leading the battle against veteran suicide have welcomed the appointment of an independent commissioner to investigate deaths and make recommendations on metal health and wellbeing. Deacon Gary Stone, the man known as the Veteran’s padre, “hopes and prays” a new government initiative will combat veteran suicide, and benefit the wider community. “Every suicide seriously impacts families and friends who ... Read More »

Former solider says faith-based rehab program eased decades of anguish

A FORMER soldier who served in East Timor 20 years ago has told how a recent return to that country on a spirituality-inspired rehabilitation program has helped ease decades of suffering from trauma. “I feel like a weight has been lifted, and I can now look at things in a different way,” Townsville veteran Murray Sutherland said.  “A lot of ... Read More »

Retired Navy medic who suffered depression for 15 years turns life around through Timor Awakening

Kerri Howie

FOR 15 years former Navy medic Kerri Howie struggled with major clinical depression. Now the 48–year-old Kedron veteran has found a life-changing mission – thanks to the Veterans’ Care Association, headed by Catholic Deacon Gary Stone. A year ago Ms Howie travelled to Timor Leste as a member of Timor Awakening, a unique VCA rehabilitation program designed for veterans and ... Read More »

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