Vetaffairs

Vol 23 No 4 December 2008

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Light Horse charge remembered— Commemorative ceremonies in Australia and Israel marking the 90th anniversary of Australian Light Horse’s famous charge at Beersheba.
DVA services for Christmas–New Year period— DVA and Centrelink services over the holidays’ shut down.
War widows’ payments to rise— War widows and war widowers’ pensions will increase at least $10 a fortnight from March 2008.

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Letters to the editor
New members appointed to Review Board— The Australian Government has appointed eight new members to the Veterans’ Review Board.

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Anzacs remembered 90 years on— Australian and New Zealand soldiers who served in the Battle of Passchendaele were commemorated at a special 90th anniversary Anzac Weekend in Belgium during October.
Study finds malaria drug not harmful— An Australian Government report has found that the health of Australian soldiers serving in the Vietnam War was not harmed by the anti-malarial drug Dapsone.
Remarried spouses’ pension restored— Remarried widows and widowers may be entitled to have their ComSuper pensions restored under legislative changes.
DVA wins national education award— DVA Vietnam War education kit received two media awards.
Events planned for 2008— Planning underway for commemorations to mark 90th anniversaries of WWI Western Front battles.

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Heart health goes bush— The Heart Health program now available by correspondence.
Support for ADF members— Joint DVA and Defence initiative provides improved support services for ADF members and their families.
Canadian share rehabilitation approach— Canadian Forces’ hero of Afghanistan talks about rehabilitation.
Support continues in regional centres— DVA has renewed its services agreement with Centrelink.
DVA awards day surgery contracts— DVA contracts with about 190 day procedure centres across the country.
More incentives to defer pension— Changes to the pension bonus scheme to encourage workers to remain the workforce longer.

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Remember the sacrifices— Remembrance Day 2007 posters
Australian War Memorial column— new post-WWII galleries; Lawrence of Arabia and the Australian Light Horse exhibition.
Historic warship bridge docks at AWM— The bridge of the HMAS Brisbane was installed at the Australian War Memorial.
Funeral bonds exemption limit increased— The funeral bonds exemption limit has doubled.

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Welfare payment reforms in place from 2008— DVA disability pensions will not be affected by the package of welfare reforms underway in Cape York and the Northern Territory, although DVA income support pensions may.
Events to mark Vietnam battles— Commemorations in 2008 for the 40th anniversary of the battles of Coral and Balmoral.
Gardens of Remembrance extended— Commemorative walls at NSW and Hobart Gardens have been extended.
Get the facts on fraud investigation— DVA has released a series of fraud fact sheets.
Schools’ awards keep Anzac spirit alive— Winners of the 2007 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

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Pensions backdated if you claim now— Claims for service pensions lodged before 21 December 2007 may be backdated to 20 September 2007.
New mental health information— DVA releases suite of mental health information.
Have you visited a war cemetery?
Maintaining official commemoration in SA
Duke visits Adelaide cemetery
Office of Australian War Graves columns

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Light Horse story in print— Release of new book about the Australian Light Horse in Palestine.
Veterans’ creative skills on display— Victorian veterans participate in the 45th annual Story Writing and Art Competition.
Can you lend a hand?— Call for volunteer welfare officers.

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Politicians, health and Christmas—b y Dr Graeme Killer, Principal Medical Adviser.
Forecasts help to tailor services— Veteran population forecast for 2017.
New PTSD therapy trial under way— DVA-funded trial of cognitive processing therapy.
Free dose aids for many veterans— Subsidised dose aids for Gold and White card holders.
Free information to help you sort out your money— Handbook from the Financial Literacy Foundation.

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Specialist hearing advice available— DVA has employed an audiologist to help with complex cases.
Off the Shelf
Reunions

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The Right Mix—Keep healthy this festive season
Program to help you change the mix— DVA has a new self-help alcohol program.
Medals Lost and Found
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