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New Veterans Card Press Release
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Recognising and Respecting our Veterans– DVA media release 27 October 2018
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 Soldier-
The Government will also invest $7.6 million for the Kookaburra Kids Defence Program to boost their targeted support to children of ex-
As a country we can always do more to recognise and back in our veterans. The government is committed to setting Australia up to support the veterans of today and tomorrow.
(Ed: the Defence Force Welfare Association and other ESO's have for the past decade been fighting for the Military Covenant. The Government and Opposition have finally accepted the concept, albeit with the word Defence changed to Veteran. However, despite the definitions of Veteran in the two DVA Acts (VEA & MRCA), DVA now defines the word Veteran to mean and Serviceperson who has completed at least one (yes one) day service in the permanent Australian Defence Force. Your Watercart Operator has no issues with this definition)
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Below is the latest release from DVA concerning the Veterans' Covenant? Many will have received this direct. If you have not, then it may be that you are not registered with DVA and hold a White or Gold card.
If you are not registered, then go to;
Follow the directions to register for a DVA My Gov account.
To register all you require is ONE DAY or more regular ADF service.
Once registered with a MY Gov account you can apply for the Veteran Card.
If you have a White or Gold Card, you are already registered and your reissue Veteran Card and Veteran pin will follow is due course in line with the standard reissue of your card.
With your existing White/Gold card or when you receive your new first Veteran Card, you can then apply for an APOD account as outlined below. APOD is not new, it has been around for many years, providing discount facilities to serving and ex-
If you have recently received an email from APOD, then you are already a member and just need to upgrade your membership.
There is NO CHARGE to join APOD and use their discount facilities.
More details can be found at https://recognition.dva.gov.au/
In Army news can you delete the February 21 edition and replace it with Edition 1456 November 2019.
Delete Pension Rates as of 20th March and replace it with “New Pension Rates as of 20th September 2019 can be found at”.
Registration and full details for our next and likely last major reunion and gathering in Townsville 23-
Please note that Accommodation is NOT included in the Registration. You need to book your own accommodation. Recommended is Townsville CBD or South Townsville, just a short walk across the Ross River from the Reunion venue.
The Reunion and all the functions will be at the Herbert Hotel (cnr of Stokes St & Sturt St), the same venue as Reunion 2010. The unofficial day time meeting place is the Cowboys Club on adjacent corners of Stokes St and Flinders St.
Reunion Townsville 2020 is a family friendly Rammer activity. Your children, grand-
New pension rates as of 20th March 2019 can be found at the address.
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