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04 Feb 2019

Veterans Covenant and Card

Australian Veterans’ Covenant and card coming soon

23/01/2019 Brian Hartigan  

The Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant was announced by the government on 27 October last year.

The Covenant encourages Australia to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service, and support veterans and their families.

The Covenant includes an oath, which the Australian people will be encouraged to take at community commemorative events, such as Remembrance Day.

The new Veteran Card and an Australian Veteran Lapel Pin and a Reservist Lapel Pin underpin the Covenant.

The intention of the Covenant is to provide employers, businesses, local communities, and veteran and sporting organisations the opportunity to commit to supporting veterans and their families.

Cards will be issued automatically – first to new DVA ‘customers’ followed automatically to existing DVA health card holders (Gold or White) and concession card holders (Orange).

The new-look card will be issued automatically over coming months, along with a Veteran Lapel Pin and Oath as part of a phased roll-out.

New DVA cards will be issued soon

 

BOOK:  A History of No 22(City Of Sydney)Squadron 1936-1946

21 Jan 2019

A History of No 22(City Of Sydney)Squadron 1936-1946

We, 22 squadron Association, have just had the history of 22 SQN 1938 – 1946 reprinted. (See below).  The book is $25 including postage.    Contact  alanlyons@optusnet.com.au

Regards

Alan

Alan Lyons

President

No 22 (City of Sydney) Squadron Association

56 Caravan Head Rd

OYSTER BAY NSW 2225

Mob: 0414591072

22 Dec 2018

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29 Oct 2018

Media Release: RECOGNISING AND RESPECTING OUR VETERANS

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP

PRIME MINISTER 

THE HON DARREN CHESTER MP

MINISTER FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS; MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL; MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

Saturday, 27 October 2018

 RECOGNISING AND RESPECTING OUR VETERANS

 

Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our Government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia.

 

We understand the home front is just as important as the front line.

 

Our Government will develop an Australian Veterans’ Covenant that will be enacted in legislation so the nation can recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

 

Like the United Kingdom Armed Forces Covenant, the Australian Veterans’ Covenant is for the Australian community to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who commit to defend the nation, and pledge their commitment to support veterans and their families. 

 

As part of this Veterans’ Covenant, a new Australian Veterans’ Card and an Australian Veterans’ Lapel Pin will make it easier for all Australians to recognise and respect the unique contribution that veterans have made to Australia and for our veterans to reconnect with others who have served.  

 

As we have seen throughout the Invictus Games and in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice, Australians want to acknowledge and show respect for our veterans who have given so much in their service.

 

Businesses, government and community organisations can also play their part in recognising and respecting those who have served. The card and the pin can help these organisations identify veterans when they aren’t wearing their uniform or medals, so they can offer discounts and extra support. 

 

The new Card and Lapel Pin will for the first time enable everyone across the nation to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service and support the more than 300,000 veterans in Australia and their families. The Prime Minister will be writing to businesses and communities to urge them to recognise the service of our veterans.

 

In addition to the record $11.2 billion annual support our government delivers for veterans and their families, we will invest $11.1 million in these measures to deliver a national approach to recognise veterans and will further consult defence and veterans communities in coming weeks.  

 

We will also deliver $6.7 million to develop the SoldierOn Fussell House accommodation facility to be co-located at the Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney that the NSW Berejiklian Government is investing more than $340 million to rebuild. This includes the National Centre for Veterans Health – an Australian first, state of the art centre for specialised health care for veterans.

 

Named for Lieutenant Michael Fussell who was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation, the facility will house up to 40 veterans and their families at a time and will especially benefit those from regional and rural areas when veterans are getting treatment.

 

Our Government will also invest $7.6 million for the Kookaburra Kids Defence Program to boost their targeted support to children of ex-serving defence force members who are experiencing mental health issues due to their service.

 

The Kookaburra Kids Defence Program was first supported by our government with a $2.1 million injection in a pilot program in NSW, the ACT, Queensland and the NT for 569 children, and this extra investment will see the program expand into Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia for 1,750 children. 

 

As a country we can always do more to recognise and back in our veterans. Our government is committed to setting Australia up to support the veterans of today and tomorrow. 

 

Media contacts:  

Prime Minister’s Press Office: (02) 6277 7744

Minister Chester’s Office: Whilemina Prendergast, 0427 672 815 

25 Sep 2018

Cathy McGowan - Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme

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