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Annual Reports 2013 - 14

Repatriation Commission
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Annual Reports
2013 - 14

This cover image uses the painting First Convoy at Sea by Charles Bryant. The image depicts the first convoy to leave Australia for the First World War. The convoy departed Albany on 1 November 1914 carrying Australian and New Zealand troops, horses and supplies. The ship in the foreground of the image is the SS Orvieto, which carried General Bridges and the AIF Headquarters staff.

First convoy at sea by Charles Bryant depicts the first convoy to leave Australia for the First World War. The convoy departed Albany on 1 November 1914 carrying Australian and New Zealand troops, horses and supplies. The ship in the foreground on the front cover is SS Orvieto, which carried General Bridges and the AIF Headquarters staff. (First convoy at sea, Charles Bryant, 1920. Oil on canvas, 153 cm x 303 cm, AWM ART00190.)

Connections from Adversity

In this annual report we reflect on the upcoming Centenary of Anzac. Through our feature stories, we take the reader on a journey through the service of Australian veterans from the First World War to the present day. Although different in time, context and extent, a common theme emerges in the experiences of Australians in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations across the centenary – Connections from Adversity.

The men and women who have served our nation have experienced many different aspects of this theme. Serving overseas together, they have developed powerful connections, and the support they have given each other resonates throughout their lives. Their desire to maintain a strong connection with home has never wavered – from First World War front-line postcards and letters to the immediacy of a modern day email or phone call, the support of friends and family is treasured.

On their return, with the help of DVA, our veterans and serving members have made connections with health care providers who have helped them to overcome the adversity of physical and psychological injuries sustained during their service.

We encourage you to reflect on these connections drawn from adversity, which help to support and sustain Australia’s veteran population.

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© Commonwealth of Australia 2014

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Editing: WordsWorth Writing Canberra
Design & typesetting: Giraffe Visual Communication Management Pty Ltd, Canberra
Printing: CanPrint, Canberra
Published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, 2014

ISBN 978-0-9925839-0-3
P02777

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