Keep up-to-date with important Veterans support, news and events including disability and compensation entitlements and various legislation and regulations.
SUPPORT FOR VETERANS
Veterans disability and compensation entitlements are covered under various legislation and regulations.
These are reviewed frequently by Government, mainly resulting from bureaucratic initiatives. On occasions, changes are made based on Ex-service organisations’ and veterans’ initiatives, but only after intense pressure from these groups or their local member. These reviews and other DVA reports, will be published as they are released.
We will also publish contentious issues where veterans and ex-service members entitlements and benefits are threatened by poorly considered government decisions – as displayed below.
On 1 May 2018, DVA commenced two new measures designed to benefit veterans and their families. These measures were announced last year and have been mentioned during a recent meeting of the Ex-Service Organisation Round Table.
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As part of DVA’s commitment to improving access to services for veterans and their families, the new Veteran Payment is now available to eligible individuals and their partners. This payment provides interim financial support to veterans who cannot work or support themselves while they await liability decisions on claims for mental health conditions under either the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) or the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA).
Extended Family Support Package
The Family Support Package is designed to extend family support under the MRCA for veterans and their families. There are two distinct groups that will benefit from this initiative: eligible veterans and their families, and eligible spouse or partner of deceased veterans. This initiative will provide guidance and financial support to alleviate pressures when needed the most. The time-limited support available include expanded childcare funding, additional counselling services and eligible widow(er)s will be entitled to home help.
ESO Response To Minister DVA - SEP 17
Open Arms was founded by Vietnam Veterans. It is a Department of Veterans’ Affairs support service that operates 24/7 providing assistance to current and former serving ADF members and their families.
COVID-19 has added another level of stress to our daily lives, so it is understandable calls to Open Arms have increased over the last few months. No one should feel alone in their attempt to cope with stress, relationship issues, grief, depression and loneliness, anxiety, trauma and PTSD.
Call Open Arms 24 hr hotline at 1800 011 046. Go to https://www.openarms.gov.au/who-we-help
for details on the range of support services offered by this wonderful organisation.
Repatriation Health Cards
The Silent Enemy - PTSD
Finance And Banking Royal Commission
Trauma And Sleep Disorders
Unfair Level Of Compensation - TPI/SR Veterans
Air Force Online Shop
By Vice President Advocacy And Entitlements (VPAE), Richard Kelloway