The Clarkson 63-year-old, who has fought to ensure those who return home injured after service are supported, said he was ‘extremely pleased’ he was nominated in the advocate award category.
‘I’m glad there is recognition for veterans doing something for their fellow veterans, and helping them overcome their problems,’ he said.
Mr Ventham, who is a totally and permanently incapacitated war veteran, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
But he knew he wasn’t the only veteran who was suffering and worked to getting funding and support to open a veterans’ centre in the northern suburbs.
The City of Wanneroo provided an office for his work at Gumblossom Community Centre. Since then he has supported veterans young and old and saved lives.
His next mission is to raise $250,000 for a new building where veterans can take courses in meditation, tai chi and anger management.