Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
2013 - 14
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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Published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, 2014