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Issue - 4 - 2012

In this issue:

  • Gallipoli 2015 Public Consultation
  • Are you ready for Veterans’ Health Week 2012?
  • Ask your mates R U OK?
  • Long Tan Bursary applications now open
  • Remembering Second World War campaigns in the Pacific
  • Cutting the red tape on health care
  • Legacy Week – funds raised to support Australian Defence Force families
  • Encourage mates to keep up-to-date
  • VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
  • Want to get your Vetaffairs newspaper faster?
  • Do you have an idea for an app?
  • Publications
  • Media Releases

Gallipoli 2015 Public Consultation

In 2015 Australia will commemorate 100 years since the original Anzacs landed on the shores of Gallipoli.

This is an important period of commemoration for Australia and many will want to be at Gallipoli for the occasion. There are however, some realities that will mean not everyone who wants to attend will be able to.

In parallel with the New Zealand Government, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced a period of public consultation asking Australians to consider how the nation can be represented at the centenary commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015.

Community forums will be held across the country in the coming months and an online survey is available on the Gallipoli 2015 website.

Are you ready for Veterans’ Health Week 2012?

Veterans’ Health Week is coming soon-is your local ex-service organisation ready?

DVA is partnering with more than 140 veteran and community groups across Australia to conduct events and activities that will benefit health and wellbeing during Veterans’ Health Week—22 to 28 October 2012.

This year’s theme of Social inclusion—participate, connect and influence encourages people to involve others who may benefit from reconnecting and feeling included. 

It’s never too late to organise fun and inclusive activities that will bring your local veteran community together. 

For more information about Veterans’ Health Week:

Ask your mates R U OK?

In September, ask your mates ‘R U OK?’.

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September and R U OK Day on 13 September 2012, aim to help Australians recognise the warning signs of suicide and stop the loss of loved ones.

Suicide claims the lives of thousands of Australians each year, having a lasting affect on families and friends.

Talking to mates and connecting with people at risk is sometimes all it takes to save a life.

Professional support is available VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families, call 1800 011 046. Operation Life workshops are run by VVCS, offering introductory, intensive and refresher courses in suicide prevention.

For more information about World Suicide Prevention Day or R U OK Day visit the website.

Long Tan Bursary applications now open

Children of Vietnam veterans’ have just under a month to apply for the 2013 Long Tan Bursary.

Each year, 50 students across the country receive up to $9,000 each over three years to help meet the costs of their post-secondary education.

The Long Tan Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to children of Vietnam veterans to help them gain the qualifications and skills needed to pursue their chosen careers.

The Bursary is named after the Battle of Long Tan which occurred during the Vietnam War. It acknowledges the hardships children of Vietnam veterans may face and helps cover the costs of post-secondary education including university courses and vocationally-orientated courses, such as those offered by TAFE institutions, business colleges and art schools.

Since the Bursary was introduced in 2000, more than 400 sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans have benefited.

Applications for the 2013 Bursary close on 21 October 2012. For more information visit the Long Tan Bursary web page.

Remembering Second World War campaigns in the Pacific

Australian veterans returned to former battlegrounds in late August to mark the 70th anniversary of their involvement in important engagements of the Second World War: the Battle of Milne Bay, and the Timor Campaign.

Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission Mr Shane Carmody accompanied eight veterans to Papua New Guinea, to remember the Battle of Milne Bay: the first Allied defeat of the Japanese forces on land during the War in the Pacific.

The group participated in several activities hosted by the people of Milne Bay, including a dawn service at the Milne Bay War Memorial and Australian services at Turnbull Field and Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, to pay tribute to mates who never made it home.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, accompanied seven veterans to Timor where they honoured fallen comrades, and local people who had provided valuable assistance to the Australians during the Timor Campaign of 1942.

While in Timor, the group attended a commemorative service, remembering the victims of the Sparrow Force Massacre, and also spent time with their modern-day Australian Defence Force counterparts currently serving in Timor.

Images of both visits are available on the DVA Flickr page.



Cutting the red tape on health care

DVA is making it easier for its health providers to support DVA clients.

As of 1 September 2012, health providers no longer need to obtain prior approval from DVA before providing a number of medical and dental treatment services or prescribing many aids and appliances to DVA clients.

This simplified process will enable more streamlined access to treatment and appliances by reducing red tape for health providers.

These changes will not affect the eligibility of entitled veterans and war widows or widowers, who will continue to receive treatment and appliances that meet their clinical needs. 

For information on health care services available through DVA, including how to obtain aids and appliances, visit the benefits and services section of the DVA website, email generalenquiries@dva.gov.au or phone 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Legacy Week – funds raised to support Australian Defence Force families

Through the generosity of the Australian public, much needed funds were raised during Legacy Week to help Legacy continue its invaluable support to Australian Defence Force families.

Legacy complements the work of DVA by assisting more than 100,000 widows, children and disabled dependants with access to essential welfare services, advocacy, medical and education support and counselling.

Since 1923, Legacy has provided services to families of men and women who have been injured or killed during service.

To donate to Legacy or for more information visit the Legacy website.

Encourage mates to keep up-to-date

To keep up-to-date with commemorative events, benefits and services, funding announcements and veterans’ news, all veterans and ex-service organisations are encouraged to subscribe to DVA’s e-newsletter, e-News – pass it onto your mates so they can subscribe.

Additionally, if you have a newsletter and want to receive targeted news that you can pass onto your readers, email the name of your organisation, publication title, editor’s name and email address to the DVA media team at dvamedia@dva.gov.au.

The latest editions of e-News is available under the news and events section of the DVA website.

VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

A free and confidential counselling service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families.

For more information, visit the VVCS website.

Want to get your Vetaffairs newspaper faster?

Make the switch to receiving the Vetaffairs newspaper online! You no longer have to wait to receive a hard copy of the Vetaffairs newspaper.

To receive an online version of Vetaffairs instead of the hard copy, complete a request for an electronic version of Vetaffairs newspaper form

Do you have an idea for an app?

DVA is currently developing a range of smart technology applications to support current serving members and the veteran community and we’d love to hear any suggestions from you.

Send an email to dvamedia@dva.gov.au with your ideas.

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Media Releases

Media releases are available on the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon’s website.

Veterans' Affairs e-News is a regular service provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

To unsubscribe to e-News, send an email to e-news-unsubscribe@dvalists.aaa.net.au with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject field.

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Comments or feedback on Veterans' Affairs e-News may be sent to DVAmedia@dva.gov.au

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