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Despite a bad leg, Peter McKenna still gets on his hands and knees to paint carefully around the monuments at the Ingleburn Soldiers Memorial Park, in Sydney’s south-west. 

He’s there most Tuesdays when members of the RSL sub-branch get together to clean and maintain the gardens. 

a man holding a paint brush on his hands and knees and painting the ground
Peter McKenna is among the many vets who find solace at the RSL sub-branch.(

ABC News: Kathleen Calderwood 


Their pride in the place is clear and it’s kept spick and span in the way that you’d expect from ex-Defence personnel. 

But it’s the camaraderie and support from fellow ex-servicemen that keep Mr McKenna coming back. 

“Because I got medically discharged, I haven’t really been able to work,” he said. 

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