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Vol 26 No.4 December 2010

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Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary

From 2014 until 2018, Australia will commemorate the centenary of World War I and a century of service since.

Dedication of National Servicemen’s Memorial

More than 3000 National Servicemen and their families assembled at the Australian War Memorial in September for the dedication of the National Servicemen’s Memorial.

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2 Letters to the Editor 

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Do you want to change the way you receive Vetaffairs? An increasing number of our readers say they would prefer to look at Vetaffairs online and they no longer want to receive a printed newspaper in the post.

New General Manager – Executive Division

Major General Elizabeth (Liz) Cosson CSC has been appointed General Manager of DVA’s Executive Division following the retirement of Gary Collins in June.

Correction

In the September issue of Vetaffairs we featured a poem on Page 5 written by Krysti Neale, called  Silent Battlefield. The poem should have featured in an alternative page. 

Clarification

In the September issue of Vetaffairs we featured an article on the front page about the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon. It contained a statement that may have caused confusion about Mr Snowdon’s family history.

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DVA Christmas and New Year Reduced Services

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)—including all Veterans Affairs Network and Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices—will be closed from close of business Friday 24 December 2010 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2011.

RAP and Transport provide assistance

The Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) was established because at DVA we recognise that you want to live in your own home.

The 60th anniversary of the Korean War

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, acknowledged the contribution of more than 17,000 Australians who served in the Korean War in the 1950s during a service at the Australian National Korean War Memorial in Canberra on 23 October.

Home Insulation Safety Plan

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) has introduced a Home Insulation Safety Plan to provide reassurance to households that had insulation installed under the now discontinued Home Insulation Program.

Gallipoli trip planned for 2011?

If you, your family or friends are thinking about attending the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey next year, don’t forget to register your interest at www.dva.gov.au/gallipoli

SMRC review decisions online

To improve service to the veteran community, the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) is now providing all of its review decisions online.

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Memorials and Graves

Anyone who works for the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) knows a great deal about graves and memorials.  

Remembrance: The work of the Office of Australian War Graves

The OAWG deals with thousands of enquiries each year. Many come from families researching their ancestors and asking questions about those who are missing and/or from those who have visited (or who are about to visit) Australian battlefields and the associated Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries and Memorials to the Missing.

Rugby League in Papua New Guinea

On 25 September, the Australian Prime Minister’s Rugby League team played the Papua New Guinean Kumuls in Port Moresby. 

Work experience at the OAWG

My name is Jessica Kerney and I am a year 12 student from Erindale College in Canberra. I have been doing work experience for two weeks at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the OAWG.

Pleasing feedback for Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Many places around the world hold a special place in Australia’s history. The Australians who fought through North Africa are honoured with memorials in Tobruk, El Alamein and on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

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How to live in your own home longer

Seventy-five percent of women aged over 80 years live within the community in their own homes and many would prefer to stay there as long as possible. 

National War Widows’ Conference

War widows from all over Australia met in Sydney in October for a conference to discuss a range of issues affecting all war widows.

Friendship Day in Queensland

War widows from all over Queensland recently came together for a day of friendship. 

War Widows enjoy Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

People who attended the War Widows’ Guild National Conference joined with war widows from all over NSW to enjoy the NSW Guild’s Annual Walk and Picnic at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord NSW.

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Debunking the myths – family support following a death on deployment

Vetaffairs answers some of the common questions.

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Debunking the myths – continued 

Legacy’s commitment to the children of deceased veterans

Legacy Clubs throughout Australia run a range of activities for the children of deceased eligible veterans, ranging from day events and weekend outings right through to camps lasting up to 12 days.

Planning to travel overseas?

Australian travellers can become ill while travelling abroad. Many infectious diseases can cause illness and even death, but they can be prevented through vaccination.

Beware – potential scams

Veterans have been targeted by scam-artists claiming to represent the Australian Government.

Reminder

Readers’ of Vetaffairs are reminded that no Vetaffairs content can be reproduced without the written consent of the Vetaffairs editor.

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Dr Killer's column – Minding your mind 

Help cut mobility scooter accidents

While mobility scooters are a popular and convenient way for mobility impaired Australians to get around, at least 71 people, mostly in their 70s, 80s and 90s, have died from mobility scooter accidents since 2000.

Changes to Hearing Services Program

Members of the veteran community gain access to treatment for hearing services through the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.

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Save power and money in NSW

Managing household energy costs will become a little easier for DVA card holders who take part in the NSW Government’s free Home Power Savings Program.

Improving veteran access to mental health support

New registration and fee arrangements will improve veterans’ access to mental health support and cut red tape for allied mental health providers who deal with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

How to get the Right Mix this summer

Choose a healthy mix this summer and try these ten tips to help change your drinking habits:

Veterans Service Centre

The Veterans Service Centre (VSC) was established in 2007 as a first point of contact for DVA general (telephone) enquiries received from Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. It extended to include Tasmania in 2009.

Shrine of Remembrance Exhibition

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Publications available now

2011 DVA calendar: Generations of Service    
Australians in World War I: Australian Flying Corps
Stories of Love & War
For Valour (DVD)

Identity theft – how to prevent it

Identity theft refers to the use of a false or stolen identity to perpetrate a crime. 

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News from the AWM

Perspectives

Perspectives presents the unique insights of two contemporary artists responding to the subject of peacekeeping. 

Hall of Valour redevelopment

The Australian War Memorial has commenced work on redeveloping its Hall of Valour, which features the world’s largest publicly held collection of VC medals.

DVA tweeting away

DVA is now on Twitter! DVAAus went live on 22 October.

Reunions

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Medals Lost & Found

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