The dangers faced by Commandos and supporting Special Operations Command members are great whether they are on operations or preparing to deploy. Of the 39 ADF members killed since Australia entered the Afghanistan conflict 19 have been soldiers whose families this trust is established to protect. In addition approximately half of the ADF members injured in the same period have come from these units as well - some of these injuries have been career ending.
The families of these dedicated Australians deserve to first of all have peace of mind that should the worst happen they will be cared for near the standard of living they have been accustomed to and that the start in life their children would have received had they not suffered the loss is still going to be there. Serving members also will benefit from the assurance that this support will be available to themselves and their loved ones if needed.
Read "A Silent Soldier" by Trina Parry-Plater