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Vol 28 No.3 Spring 2012


Vetaffairs is distributed to more than 270,000 members of the veteran and ex-service community and has been mailed out to clients since 1998. It provides regular, up-to-date information of interest to the veteran community, including important information about government policies, programs and initiatives. There is also a strong emphasis on health promotion and educational information that promotes veterans’ well-being, independence and quality of life.

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Second World War veterans honoured in Pacific commemorations

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.

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Pensions and allowances rise

Veterans’ pensions have been increased from 20 September following the latest round of indexation adjustments. Pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, so the pension paid on payday 4 October 2012 will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate.

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Letters to the Editor

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News from the Department – DVA Secretary Ian Campbell

Each year, DVA is proud to lead the delivery of Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey alongside our colleagues from Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand and other Australian and New Zealand Government agencies. We are approaching a significant milestone, with 2015 marking 100 years since the original Anzacs landed on the shores of Gallipoli.

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Vale Sir Richard Kingsland, DFC

Sir Richard Kingsland, DFC passed away in Canberra on Monday 27 August. Sir Richard was a former Chairman of the Repatriation Commission and Secretary of the then Repatriation Department and the Department of Repatriation and Compensation.

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Anzac Centenary appointments

Ms Deborah Thomas and the Hon Arch Bevis have been appointed to the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board.

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New AWM head

The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson has been appointed Director of the Australian War Memorial following the retirement of Major General Steve Gower AO AO (Mil) (Ret’d).

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New pension rates from 20 September 2012

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Gallipoli iBook

DVA is committed to ensuring that the significant role Australia’s servicemen and women played in our nation’s history is never forgotten. To reach younger generations DVA embraces new technologies such as social media.

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Special Rate and Intermediate Rate pension claims

Special Rate and Intermediate Rate (IR) disability pensions are payable to veterans who are severely incapacitated and unable to earn a normal wage, solely due to their service-related disabilities.

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MyAccount – thousands registered

DVA’s new online service, MyAccount, offers around the clock access to a range of DVA services through the internet. MyAccount was launched in May (in Tasmania) and it is now available to all DVA clients.

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The Wizard

DVA recently released an online Entitlement Self Assessment Wizard. While MyAccount is for clients, anyone can use the wizard. 

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35 years of RSL Day Clubs in Australia

Celebrations were held in July to mark 35 years of RSL Day Clubs in Australia. Day Clubs are one way in which DVA and the RSL work together to help reduce social isolation for veterans and war widows.

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Book your transport online

Did you know that eligible VEA clients can now pre-book their transport online via My Account?

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Claim your travelling expenses online

This table compares the benefits of submitting travel claims using MyAccount (VEA clients only) and the D800 Claim for Travelling Expenses Form.

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Bambi Kindergarten

Bambi Kindergarten celebrated its 60th anniversary in May 2012. Situated on former Department of Defence land at Ingleburn, NSW, the kindergarten was established in 1952 by the wives and widows of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving in Korea.

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Minister visits Queensland War Widows

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, addressed 200 members at the Annual General Meeting of the Queensland War Widows’ Guild and the Queensland Vasey Housing Auxiliary in August.

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Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

In recognition of the close relationship between war widows and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, additional pieces of the hospital’s stained glass window were unveiled on Anzac Day 2012. 

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The Queensland War Widows’ Guild marked the 65th Anniversary of its formation with a luncheon attended by the Guild’s Patron, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC the Governor of Queensland, other dignitaries and some 350 members.

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Scholarships for children of war widows

The War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW has established two tertiary scholarships for the son or daughter of a NSW war widow.

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Assistance to widows and families

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, recently announced an initiative to support families of ADF members who have been killed or seriously injured while serving the nation.

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Widows keen to help other widows

For Carol Coombe of Port Broughton, the benefits of getting together with fellow widows at the recent Kate Rhodes OAM Memorial Conference “Widows Helping Widows” in Adelaide were enormous.

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Vietnam Veterans’ Day

Vietnam veterans held a Memorial Day on 19 August at Springwood in NSW.

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New memorial honours the crews of Bomber Command

In late June, more than 100 Australian veterans gathered in London’s Green Park to witness the official dedication of the Bomber Command memorial by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Australian Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand

On Tuesday 7 August 2012, the New Zealand Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee, and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Christopher Finlayson, announced additional planning details for the New Zealand National War Memorial Park.

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70 years since Australia’s worst maritime disaster

A new memorial marking Australia’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the Montevideo Maru during the Second World War, was unveiled at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on 1 July.

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Timor-Leste Family Study completed

Findings from Australia’s first study into the impact of military service on families were released on 20 September, revealing the importance of social support for partners and children.

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On Base Advisory Service

DVA’s On Base Advisory Service (OBAS) was implemented on 1 October 2011 and offers a new channel for serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to access advice and information on DVA services.

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Debunking the myths – Widowed partners’ eligibility for the Gold Card

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90th Birthday aerobatics

Second World War veteran Nancy June Templeton celebrated her 90th Birthday in style on 1 June. The Air Force Base at Point Cook in Victoria arranged a special flight for Nancy, to remind her of her five golden years working as an Aircraftwoman.

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Dr Killer's column – Health Matters

I’d like to start this column by congratulating all those community-minded veterans and war widows who have been involved (in any way) with RSL Day Clubs. This is a terrific program that helps volunteers and members alike.

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Exercise physiology and gym memberships

Exercise physiology is a specifically designed physical activity program that assists people to recover from major injury or illness and manage chronic disease. DVA introduced funding for exercise physiology treatment in 2007.

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The Korea War Veterans Association NSW has instigated the creation of Korean War Memorial and MIA bronze plaques for placement at War Memorial sites throughout Australia.

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Seeing an optometrist?

Optometrists provide a range of services to our veterans and war widow(er)s. Eye care is very important and you should visit your optometrist every two years to maintain good eye health.

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Easier access to treatment and appliances

DVA is streamlining the process for health providers to provide health care treatment and appliances to DVA clients.

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Are you ready for Veterans’ Health Week 2012?

DVA, in partnership with ex-service organisations, is calling on the veteran, serving and ex-service communities to organise and participate in activities that will benefit their health and wellbeing during Veterans’ Health Week—Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October 2012.

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The Veterans’ Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme

The Veterans’ Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme (VPRS) commenced on 1 January 2012 and provides an annual reimbursement to eligible veterans.

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Office locations

Veterans’ Access Network and VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.

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HomeFront – providing independent living

HomeFront is a prevention program that assists veterans and war widows/widowers to maintain independent living in their own homes. DVA Gold and White card holders are eligible for a free annual home assessment to identify and minimise hazards that could cause injury.

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New arrangements for CPAP

Positive Airway Pressure Equipment (CPAP), Bi-Level Therapy and VPAP devices and consumables are available at DVA expense for those who have clinically assessed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

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Publications and items for sale

Gallipoli Lone Pine – poppy brooch
Series II (Australian War Memorial)
The Battle for Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli
David W. Cameron
Vietnam: The Complete Story of the Australian War
Bruce Davies with Gary McKay
2013 DVA calendar: A century of casualty care

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News from the AWM

The Long Tan Cross
Remembrance Day
Treasures from a century of collecting

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Reunion notices

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Off the shelf

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Audio version of Noticeboard - submissions (MP3 559 KB)
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