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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The assistance dog trial helping veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is under way in Victoria and showing positive signs during the initial phases.

Joint media release — Assistance dogs-in-training to support our veterans

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Open Arms - Immediate mental health support

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The ex-service community will benefit from the wealth of public and private sector experience of its new Returned and Services Leagues of Australia (RSL) National President Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC.

Media release — New National President for the RSL appointed

Monday, 10 June 2019

Later this month, National PTSD Awareness Day will encourage us all to recognise the effects post-traumatic stress can have on some Australians.

Letter to the Editor — Veteran Mental Health Support

Thursday, 6 June 2019

VETERANS of the Battle of Binh Ba and members of the community will gather at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra today to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba.

Media release — Veterans gather to commemorate Battle of Binh Ba 50 years on

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

TOMORROW Australia will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the Second World War as part of Operation Overlord — the beginning of the end of the German occupation of north-western Europe.

Media release — Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Friday, 31 May 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is continuing to improve its record as an employer of indigenous Australians.

Media release — Reconciliation Week — walking together with courage

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Today is International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers and we are encouraged to recognise those personnel who have contributed to global peacekeeping efforts.

Media release — Honouring United Nations Peacekeepers

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Reappointed Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says a mental health summit, transitioning Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to civilian employment and continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will be his highest priorities in the first 100 days back in the role.

Media release — Chester reappointed as Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Today marks Victory in Europe Day and Australians are encouraged to recognise all those who served in the Second World War, and specifically those who served in Europe and on and around the Mediterranean.

This day honours the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Second World War against Germany and her European allies.

On 3 September 1939, it was announced on every national and commercial radio station that because Britain had declared war on Germany, Australia was also at war.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Today, the largest naval battle that has been fought off our shores, the Battle of the Coral Sea, is remembered.

The Battle of the Coral Sea ended Japanese attempts to launch a seaborne invasion of Port Moresby and has long been regarded as 'the battle that saved Australia'.

During the Second World War, the Japanese planned to cut Australia's supply lines from the United States, despatching a fleet to capture Port Moresby as part of its advance into the South West Pacific.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Today the nation remembers the longest military campaign of the Second World War, the Battle of the Atlantic, which began in September 1939 and ended with the surrender of Germany on 8 May 1945.

The Battle of the Atlantic was fought over thousands of miles across the war’s most dangerous shipping lanes.

Australians who served during the Battle of the Atlantic defended the vital Allied supply routes across the Atlantic Ocean, as Britain relied on shipping for almost everything it needed to survive — war materiel, food, fuel and reinforcements.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Across the country and around the world, Australians have attended Anzac Day Commemorative Services to pay tribute to our service men and women.

Media release — Thousands gather to remember this Anzac Day01

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Today, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Liz Cosson AM CSC encouraged all Australians to remember the decisive Battle of Kapyong that took place during the Korean War in April 1951.

Kapyong was one of the most significant battles of the Korean War, during which Australian, Commonwealth and other United Nations (UN) forces helped stop a communist advance on the South Korean capital, Seoul, which had already twice fallen into communist hands during earlier phases of the war.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

As the April 2019 DVA Pension payday falls on Anzac Day, this payday has been moved to Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Friday, 5 April 2019

A photographic exhibition titled 'Thank you for your service' showcasing the diversity of current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, veterans, and their families, will go on display today at Sydney's Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2019.

Media release — Photo exhibition thanks Australian service men and women

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Three major reports from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme were today released, providing the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and the broader health community, a better understanding of the health concerns of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Media release — New research provides deeper look at serving and ex-serving community

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Australian veterans and their families will continue to see an improvement in support and services with $11.5 billion in funding allocated in the 2019–20 Budget.

Media release — Budget puts veterans and their families first

Monday, 1 April 2019

Computer-based tasks will form the basis of a trial program to assist Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they transition from military to civilian life, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said today.

Media release — Computer-based trial designed to assist veterans leaving the military

Monday, 1 April 2019

Former Australian Defence Force members Sharon Bown and Daniel Keighran VC have both been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial for three year terms.

Media release — Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Hobart locals and visitors will have easier and safer access to the commemorative precinct in Hobart with the opening of the Remembrance Bridge today, less than a month ahead of Anzac Day.

Media Release — Remembrance Bridge opens ahead of Anzac Day

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A sculpture commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War will be built in Shepparton thanks to a $170,000 grant from the Australian Government.

Joint media release — Australian Government funds Shepparton Light Horse statue

Monday, 13 May 2019

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