Dave Miller has been president of the Victor Harbor branch of the RSL for 15 years

CODE: Dave Miller would do anything for his mates and been integral to establishing the future of the Victor Harbor RSL. He has served as president for 15 years.
CODE: Dave Miller would do anything for his mates and been integral to establishing the future of the Victor Harbor RSL. He has served as president for 15 years.

Dave Miller has been president of the Victor Harbor RSL for 15 years and played a major role of promoting the values of the RSL and educating the next generation on the sacrifices made by service men and women during war time.

Dave is proud of the fact that his 15 year service as president equals the record held by Dr Shipway and the future of the RSL branch is secure after some shaky periods during his tenure.

"We had to search for a new home after Flinders Parade was deemed unsafe and had to be demolished and then we moved to Coral Street for a great 10 year period with the support of the council," Dave said.

"Now we have our new home at the Victor Harbor oval. The RSL is in the best shape it has been for 15 years at club level."

Dave has experienced and wrestled his own mental demons due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), like many other veterans.

"PTSD is real, but it is not an excuse to be abusive, aggressive or have bad behaviour.

"At the Victor Harbor RSL we have our own trained welfare officer Lin Perea and she has made a massive impact among our membership," Dave said.

"Club member Jason O'Malley has become our qualified pensions officer and anybody who wants to take advantage of these appointments please contact the Victor Harbor RSL via our website for details.

"These resources are so important to the RSL.

"PTSD is such an issue among veterans and I am proud of the fact that our RSL has catered as best as possible for people who come forward."

Dave was one of The Times' 50 Inspirational Locals, which was a tribute to people who have helped shape the Fleurieu Peninsula. He is a man of his word and backs up his mates.

Dave served in Vietnam and his passion for veterans has helped rebuild lives, give a greater meaning to the RSL and most importantly save lives, including his own.

But it could not have been achieved without his "tower of strength", wife Joy.

"I have read the words of George Mansfield's The Cruel Truth and this has made me look in the mirror. It is me.

"It is what we are all about and I have it up in the RSL clubroom ," Dave said.

Dave believes now is the time to enjoy life without the RSL and spend more time with his "rock", Joy.

"The first 14 years as president was so rewarding for me due to a strong supportive committee.

"The research team at the RSL is a pillar of strength and has a focus on local members who served during war time," Dave said.

"The profiles of locals who served are on display at the RSL and are an education to everyone.

"During my time, the RSL has been very viable and I want to pass it on in top condition. It is time for a new group to put up their hands, as it is placed in a wonderful position.

"Joy and I ready for the next stage of our lives,"

This story Dave has had 15 years in the top job of the Victor Harbor RSL first appeared on The Times.

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