She was the Special Air Service (SAS) Resources Trust’s inaugural secretary in 1996 and for the past five years has served in the role of manager.
The Trust provides financial relief for current and former members of the SAS Regiment, who die or become permanently disabled in operational service or training.
It received $10 million from the Federal Government in 2009.
Ms Edwards said the Trust, which recently moved from Campbell Barracks to Dalkeith, was her ‘life’s work’.
‘I worked as a bank manager for 30 years and it paid the bills but the Trust is my passion,’ she said.
‘I volunteered with the Trust until my position as a manager.
‘I have always been passionate about our soldiers and it is an honour to look after them and their families.
Ms Edwards said she had the fortune to meet the ‘best people’.
‘SAS soldiers and their partners have so much strength and they are inspiring,’ she said.
Ms Edwards said continual community generosity was always humbling.
‘I help organise our fundraisers and we also host some events with sports clubs every year,’ she said.
‘The support from the community is always fantastic and I think the public really appreciate what the troops do.’
Ms Edwards said she was humbled to be a awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia this year for her services to veterans.
‘It was a huge honour to be recognised by my country for the work I do,’ she said.