Vol 28 No.2 Winter 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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Bomber Command veterans return to London
Three veterans who will travel to London with the official Bomber Command mission party were on hand at the Australian War Memorial recently to launch the new book Australians in World War II: Bomber Command.
MP3 version of Bomber Command veterans return to London (MP3 1.8MB)
Household assistance for a Clean Energy Future
On 14 June 2012, more than 310,000 members of the veteran and defence community received an initial payment – the Clean Energy Advance – to help meet household costs associated with the carbon price.
MP3 version of Household assistance for a Clean Energy Future (MP3 3.3MB)
Anzac Spirit strong
On 25 April, Australians across the country and overseas joined together to attend Anzac Day commemorations. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, joined 3500 people at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France, all paying their respects on Anzac Day.
The Australian Government is working closely with the governments of Turkey and New Zealand to determine how the Gallipoli centenary will be commemorated in 2015 and to ensure as many Australians as possible have the chance to make the journey.
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Letters to the Editor
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News from the Department – DVA Secretary Ian Campbell
It’s no secret that veteran mental health is a priority for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The mental health of former serving members – and the support they need in order to adjust back into civilian life – is crucial.
MP3 version of News from the Department – DVA Secretary Ian Campbell (MP3 5MB)
New Deputy Commissioner – Victoria
John Geary has been promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner Victoria, following the retirement of Mike O’Meara. John has worked at the senior executive level across a range of DVA business areas for many years.
MP3 version of New Deputy Commissioner – Victoria (MP3 440KB)
New D800 claim form for travel
DVA has developed a simplified version of the D800 ‘Claim for Travelling Expenses’ form. The D800 form is used by entitled persons to claim travel expenses relating to their treatment, disability claims and income support claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 or travel relating to treatment under the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006.
MP3 version of New D800 claim form for travel (MP3 2.5MB)
Travel Allowances increased
Travel allowances for transport, meals and accommodation under DVA’s Repatriation Transport Scheme have increased from 1 July 2012 in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures.
MP3 version of Travel Allowances increased (MP3 2.7MB)
Calls for nominations – forthcoming veterans’ commemorative missions
DVA conducts commemorative missions for significant anniversaries in Australia’s military history. These missions typically involve a return to significant battlefields and locations, and involve commemorative services, functions and events. A number of significant anniversaries fall in 2012.
MP3 version of Calls for nominations – forthcoming veterans’ commemorative missions (MP3 1.3MB)
Indexation of rates – Table
From 1 July 2012 the Income Free Areas and Assets Value Limits will rise.
MP3 version of Indexation of rates – Table (MP3 3MB)
Payment Summaries posted
Payment Summaries for the 2011-12 financial year were mailed to DVA clients from 18 June 2012. If you have looked closely at yours, you may have noticed that from this year, Payment Summaries include both taxable and tax exempt payments.
MP3 version of Payment Summaries posted (MP3 1.7MB)
Dr Killer's column – After the conflict
For me, Anzac Day 2012 was a rather special event. I had the privilege of attending a ceremony with our frontline troops at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan.
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CVC – one year on
The Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program has had a very successful first year! There are now thousands of veterans and war widows participating in the program, which was developed for eligible Gold Card holders with chronic health conditions, complex care needs and those at risk of unplanned admissions to hospital.
MP3 version of CVC – one year on (MP3 3.9MB)
Get Ready for eHealth
Australia’s new personally controlled electronic health record (eHealth record) is coming. Participation in the eHealth record system is voluntary and the functions of the eHealth record will be available incrementally from July 2012.
MP3 version of Get Ready for eHealth (MP3 1.7MB)
Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study update
The Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study is investigating the long-term effects of war service on Vietnam veterans and their families.
MP3 version of Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study update (MP3 1.3MB)
War Memorial restored
A war memorial at St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney has been restored with assistance from the NSW Government through the Community War Memorials Fund and with a grant from DVA’s Saluting Their Service program.
MP3 version of War Memorial restored (MP3 1.1MB)
War widows remember
War widows travelled far and wide across the world (and around the country) to commemorate Anzac Day in April.
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In profile – Meg Green
In the Autumn 2012 issue of Vetaffairs, the advisory panel for the Australian component of the Vietnam Veterans Education Centre in Washington DC was announced. War widow Meg Green has been appointed as a panel member.
MP3 version of In profile – Meg Green (MP3 2.2MB)
Dr Killer's column – Winter Blues
As I look out the window, I can’t see him on the hills yet, but I know he is coming – the snowman. Some love the advent of winter, but for many of us, the shortened days and the lack of sunlight give us the winter blues.
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Indian burials at Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery
The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG), on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), assisted in the burial of five unknown Indian soldiers from the Second World War at the Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery on 23 February 2012.
Bullecourt Museum reopens
The Bullecourt Museum was officially reopened on Anzac Day 2012, by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, with the Mayor of Bullecourt, M. Jules Laude.
Overseas Privately-Constructed Memorial Restoration Program
Memorials restored through the OAWG Overseas Privately-Constructed Memorial Restoration Program (OPCMRP) were the locations of various ceremonies held in April.
MP3 version of Indian burials at Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Bullecourt Museum reopens, and Overseas Privately-Constructed Memorial Restoration Program (MP3 5.5MB)
110th anniversary of the end of the Boer War
31 May 2012 marked 110 years since the signing of the peace treaty at Vereeniging in South Africa, ending the Boer War.
Medallions for descendants and supporters
Descendants and supporters are invited to apply for an attractive medallion to mark the 110th anniversary of the Boer War.
MP3 version of 110th anniversary of the end of the Boer War and Medallions for descendants and supporters (MP3 1.8MB)
Vale Bill Slape
Mr William (Bill) Slape, who managed the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum died suddenly on Saturday 12 May 2012.
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MP3 version of Budget 2012 (MP3 6.7MB)
Debunking the myths – Complaints, compliments and feedback
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Margaret Young’s VAD memories
An article on Voluntary Aid Detachments (featured in the Summer issue of the Vetaffairs newspaper) triggered some memories for Margaret Young from Halekulani on the New South Wales Central Coast. Vetaffairs spent some enjoyable time with Margaret and this is her story…
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In-home Telemonitoring trial
Later this year, DVA will begin trialling in-home telemonitoring for Gold Card holders. The trial will take advantage of the Government’s new National Broadband Network (or NBN) to provide veterans and war widows with improved care in their own homes.
MP3 version of In-home Telemonitoring trial (MP3 2.8MB)
New insurance options
The Defence Service Homes Insurance (DSHI) Scheme, in conjunction with QBE Australia, is offering current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans more insurance options with the release of its new policies.
MP3 version of New insurance options (MP3 2.4MB)
Help for DVA cardholders to save power
The Home Power Savings Program, run by the NSW Government, aims to help 220,000 low income households across New South Wales to effectively manage their energy usage and rising power costs.
MP3 version of Help for DVA cardholders to save power (MP3 1.3MB)
Be included during Veterans’ Health Week
Veterans young and old, their families, partners and friends are encouraged to get involved in Veterans’ Health Week (VHW): 22–28 October 2012.
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Volunteers needed for Legacy Week
Legacy is seeking volunteers for its annual appeal, to be held 2–8 September 2012.
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Off the shelf
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Publications and items for sale
Lancaster bomber “G for George” diecast replica.
Thanks Girls and Goodbye DVD (70th anniversary special edition).
Australia’s Wartime Kitchen.
Australians in World War II: Bomber Command.
MP3 version of Publications and items for sale (MP3 5.2MB)
News from the AWM – Big Things in Store: Wheels and Wings
Come and see unique vehicles and aircraft when the Australian War Memorial opens the door to its collection for Big Things in Store on Sunday 16 September 2012 at the Treloar Technology Centre, Mitchell, Canberra.
MP3 version of News from the AWM – Big Things in Store: Wheels and Wings (MP3 1.7MB)
Follow DVA on Facebook and Twitter
You can follow DVA on Facebook DVA Aus and Twitter @DVAAus. We post information every weekday, and we try to answer questions as soon as we can.
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MP3 version of Reunion notices (MP3 11.5MB)
Shrine of Remembrance Exhibition
Kokoda, Milne Bay, Beachheads Australians in Papua, July 1942 - January 1943
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Medals Lost and Found
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MP3 version of Noticeboard (submissions) (MP3 440KB)
MP3 version of Noticeboard - Air Force (MP3 3.8MB)
MP3 version of Noticeboard - Army (MP3 2.9MB)
MP3 version of Noticeboard - Navy (MP3 2.4MB)
MP3 version of Noticeboard - Miscellaneous (MP3 6.4MB)