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Vol 31 No.4 Summer 2015

Read Vetaffairs Summer 2015 edition:

Veterans' Health Week

This year's Veterans' Health Week was the biggest ever, with 235 events across Australia and approximately 17,500 people attending an event.

Letters to the editor

  • 70th BCOF Anniversary
  • Forgotten Honour Rolls

News from the Department

Simon Lewis, PSM—Secretary Department of Veterans' Affairs


Correction to the article Where There's Smoke … in the Spring 2015 Vetaffairs.

News from the Minister

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, discusses support available to the veteran community over the Christmas and New Year period.

Children shine in the VVCS Remembrance Day Poppy Competition

Congratulations to the Tindal Defence Community for winning the 2015 Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Remembrance Day Poppy Competition.

New Advocacy Training and Development Program

A new Advocacy Training and Development Program has been developed for ESO advocates.

Remembrance Day poppy lights up Canberra

A large Remembrance Day poppy lit up the windows of the top floors of Lovett Tower in Canberra in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience visiting Wollongong and Melbourne this summer

This summer the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit Wollongong and Melbourne as part of the travelling exhibition's national tour.

A word from the Principal Medical Adviser

Dr Ian Gardner, Principal Medical Adviser Department of Veterans' Affairs.

VVRS pointed me in the right direction

Ex-serviceman Geoff Rose shares his rehabilitation story.

Widows' news

News from the War Widows' Guild of Australia.

Seeking families of WWII Catalina A24-25 aircraft wreckage crew

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that the aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943.

Remembering Tobruk in 2016

The commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk will be one of the key events of DVA's Century of Service commemoration program in 2016.

I get by with a little help from my friends

Dr Stephanie Hodson CSC, Mental Health Advisor Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Veterans' commemorative mission the trip of a lifetime

Going back to a place you had not seen for 70 years would be an experience for anyone, but for seven veterans who fought in New Guinea during the Second World War it was a memorable and moving trip of a lifetime.

Natural disasters and your home

Having your home damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster is devastating. While these events are usually impossible to predict, one thing you can control is your insurance.

Consider your hearing aid choices

Fully subsidised and partially subsidised hearing devices.

Easier access to Medical Grade Footwear products and services

DVA is streamlining the process for MGF suppliers to provide MGF products and services to DVA clients.

Off the shelf

  • Plunkett, Geoff: Death By Mustard Gas—How Military Secrecy & Lost Weapons Can Kill
  • Maynard, Jeff: The Unseen Anzac: how an enigmatic polar explorer created Australia's World War I Photographs
  • Mortensen, Ron: History of the 9th Australian Infantry Battalion 1940–1945

Rebalanced assets test to apply from 2017

In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced that it would be rebalancing the assets test limits to improve the fairness and affordability of the pension system.

Identity Theft

Identity crime is one of the most common and fastest growing crimes in Australia.

Celebrating another April centenary

On 1 April 2015 WA veteran, Colin Thomas, turned 100 years old.

News from the Australian War Memorial

Items for sale

Publications and items for sale:

  • Flight Command: from the farm to the frontline
  • When this thing happened: the story of a father, son, and the wars that changed them
  • The promise
  • Australians women war reporters: Boer War to Vietnam
  • DVA Calendar 2016

Reunion notices

Medals lost and found



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