DVA e-news – May 2020

Welcome to the second edition of e-news for 2020. This includes snapshots of articles which you’ll find on the Latest News for Veterans page on DVA’s website.

Anzac Day – Students say ‘Thank you’

DVA, in association with the Daily Telegraph, has been both proud and pleased to receive letters to veterans written by primary school students to mark a very different Anzac Day this year due to COVID-19. Some messages from Connells Point Public School in Sydney thanking veterans for their service and sacrifice are below.
Read the full story on the DVA website.

Military ancestor? Just Ask

Do you have a military ancestor in your family? Would you like to know more about their service to Australia? Retracing their footsteps might be easier than you think.

Since the First World War, almost two million Australians have worn the nation’s military uniforms with pride, so many of us have an ancestor who served in our defence forces.

Read the full story on the DVA website.

Live better with diabetes

DVA Dioab

Every day someone in the DVA community is diagnosed with diabetes and many others within our community remain undiagnosed.

Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges confronting the Australian health system today. Living with diabetes can be challenging and health complications can be stressful, not only for you but also family, friends and carers.

Read the full story on the DVA website.

First six assistance dogs delivered to veterans in La Trobe research trial

First six assistance

The first six assistance dogs, in a program that will provide 20 assistance dogs in total, have been handed over to participating trial veterans at their homes, a milestone for the veterans involved and the DVA’s research trial conducted by the La Trobe University.

Read the full story on the DVA website.

Be safe online

SCAM ALERT: DVA has been alerted to a malicious email which claims to be from myGov. The email prompts users to log in to an online portal and provide scanned copies of their passport and driver’s licence in addition to a picture of themselves holding the document.

If you receive an email of this nature, either at work or home, please do not open the attachment. You should delete this email immediately.

Read the full story on the DVA website

First psychiatric assistance dogs meet their new owners

Zuma and Leon are the first two psychiatric assistance dogs to be partnered with their veteran owners as part of DVA’s Psychiatric Assistance Dog program.

The program is available to eligible veterans as an adjunct to the treatment and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an important step in helping veterans better manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Read the full story on the DVA website and read the Minister’s media release.

If you are struggling during this time or need someone to talk to, contact our 24/7 Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling service on 1800 011 046.

Heart Health Program for veterans

Maintaining your physical health can have many benefits to your overall health and wellbeing, and is very important now.

In these challenging times of coronavirus, maintaining your general health and fitness remains vital. Building up your resistance and immunity are important in dealing with health issues and viruses.

Read the full story on the DVA website.

Support for transition to civilian life goes online

Transition coach, Viv LawrenceThe Department of Defence is changing the way it supports members and their families to transition to civilian life in line with Government guidance on COVID-19.

Read the full story on the DVA website.

2020 Napier Waller Art Prize open for submissions

The 2020 Napier Waller Art Prize raises awareness of the experiences and talent of service personnel, encourages artistic excellence, and promotes the transformative power of creativity.
Initiated in 2018, the Napier Waller Art Prize is named after Mervyn Napier Waller, an Australian artist who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1915.

Read the full story on the DVA website

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