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Annual Reports 2012–13

Repatriation Commission
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Annual Reports

Two patients in hospital beds with coach wheels and medical staff standing next to them

Permanently disabled veterans of the First World War in Melbourne’s Anzac Hostel, which was opened in Brighton by the Repatriation Department during July 1919. (Australian War Memorial [AWM] P03098.005)

95 years of care and compassion

Carer offers a cup of tea to a sitting veteran

Over the past century thousands of Australian service personnel have suffered physical or mental wounds in times of war and conflict. They have returned home with injuries or illnesses whose effects linger long after the welcome home parades have given way to the rhythm of peacetime life. Sometimes the effects of military service can last a lifetime.

For almost a hundred years the Repatriation Department—now the Department of Veterans' Affairs—has ensured that those carrying injuries sustained in wars receive rehabilitation, training and support. Returned personnel whose injuries or illness mean that they are no longer able to remain in the armed forces receive rehabilitation services, training for civilian careers, access to counselling and a host of other programs designed to ease the sometimes difficult transition from military to civilian life.

Australia has long ensured that those who have left the armed forces with physical or mental ailments gain access to benefits and care befitting those who have risked everything and lost much in the service of their country.

Carrying a wounded soldier onto a helicopter

Australian medical personnel carry one of three wounded soldiers onto a waiting aero-medical evacuation helicopter in the Chora Valley, Southern Afghanistan, in 2011. (Dept of Defence 20110923adf8114832_053)


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