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Vol 31 No.2 Winter 2015

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*Clarification to Budget 2015-16: how will it affect you?

100 years on - Anzac Day

On the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing on the Gallipoli peninsula, more than 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders gathered at Anzac Commemorative Site to honour them.

Long journey to honour their husbands

In April 2015, ten widows of First World War veterans made the journey to Turkey to pay homage to their late husbands on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Anzac Day across the nation and around the world

A recap of Anzac Day services around Australia and the world.

Budget 2015-16: how will it affect you?

The Federal Budget was handed down on 12 May and it contained plenty of news for veterans. Find out more about what it means for you.

News from the department

The Secretary reflects on recent Anzac Centenary activities, and provides an overview of what this year’s Federal Budget means for DVA clients.

DVA appointments

Appointments and reappointments in DVA’s senior executive.

Indexation changes

From 1 July the Income Free Areas and Assets Value Limits use to calculate rates of income support pensions have risen.

Travel allowances increase

From 1 July 2015, travel allowances for transport, meals and accommodation under DVA’s Repatriation Transport Scheme will increase in line with CPI.

News from the Minister

The Minister discusses key elements of DVA’s budget, and how it will continue to support Australia’s changing veteran group. The Minister also shares his thoughts on the importance of commemoration, and outlines some key Anzac Centenary activities coming up in the future.

Changes to concession cards

Pensioner Concession cards, NSW War Widow and Widower Transport Concession Cards and Victorian War Widow and Widower Free Travel Vouchers issued by DVA will now be valid for two years.

Honouring Vietnam veterans

August 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The Australian Government will introduce or support a range of commemorative activities and initiatives to recognise this battle and Australia’s involvement in the conflict.

Offer to bring our Vietnam fallen home

In May 2015 the Prime Minister announced the Government’s decision to offer the families of the Australians interred in the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia the opportunity to bring their loved ones home.

Long Tan Bursary recipients announced

Fifty six students from across Australia have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme to help meet the cost of their education.

Commemorations and mental health

DVA’s Mental Health Adviser, Dr Stephanie Hodson, writes about the importance of commemorating military service and sacrifice, and provides information on an upcoming piece of DVA and Defence research, the likes of which has never been conducted in Australia. 

First Gulf War veterans resilient, says study

Researching the family perspective

The Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence have joined together to research the impact of contemporary military service on families. The Family Wellbeing Study will look at the health and wellbeing of the family, particularly after transition from the ADF.

Aged care support and services

From 1 July 2015, the next stage of the Government’s aged care changes will be implemented.

The results are in

More than 3000 DVA clients have helped to shape the future of DVA through providing feedback in the 2014 Client Service Survey.

Beating the winter blues

If you’re already feeling sad or down, the colder months can compound these feelings. In this article the VVCS offers advice on how to beat the winter blues. 

On the same side

British, Commonwealth and Allied (BCAL) forces fought on the same side as Australian forces, veterans from these countries are recognised for a range of benefits as a result.

A toolbox in your back pocket

High Res is a new mobile phone app to help current and former serving ADF personnel and their families manage stress and build psychological resilience.  

Speeding up your claim in five easy steps

DVA shares five easy ways you can speed up the claim process by ensuring your claim is complete, assisting DVA to finalise your claim sooner.

Victory remembered 70 years on

Seven Second World War veterans, all of whom served in the European theatre, travelled to France and the United Kingdom to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Commemorating shared history

The recent dedication of the Australian National Memorial in the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Wellington, New Zealand.

A Centenary experience Australia-wide

Over the next two years Australians will be able to immerse themselves in Australia’s history of courage, service, and sacrifice from the First World War to the present day in the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition.

Widows' news

News from the War Widows’ Guild of Australia.

Items for Sale

Publications and items for sale

  • Australians at the Great War 1914-1918
  • The RSL book of Word War I
  • Bearing witness: the remarkable life of Charles Bean, Australia’s greatest war correspondent
  • Between the dances: World War II women tell their stories
  • The jungle dark

News from the Australian War Memorial

Reality in Flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War. An Australian War Memorial exhibition

The Second World War inspired artists to develop modern and innovative visual forms to interpret the experience of war. The exhibition consists of 90 works of art drawn from the Australian War Memorial’s collection.

Commemorative First World War tapestry unveiled at the Australian War Memorial

In April 2015 the Australian War Memorial unveiled a major new First World War tapestry, titled Avenue of Remembrance.

Australia in the Great War

The newest permanent exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, Australia in the Great War, presents the story of Australia in the First World War.

Mark your calendar

Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 October 2015 will be Veterans’ Health Week; this year the focus is on mental health and wellness.

Medals lost and found

Reunion notices


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