VETAFFAIRS – Autumn Edition 2017



The Autumn 2017 edition of Vetaffairs is now available on DVA’s website.
You can also view this issue in interactive Realview pdf format.
You might also be interested in our online noticeboard.

Below are some of the stories covered in this issue. (Please note that to open web links on this page you may need to right click and select ‘open’).
Fall of Singapore
Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the national 75th anniversary commemoration service to remember those who died and suffered during the Fall of Singapore. The event took place on 15 February 2017 in Ballarat, Victoria.
On the same day, a life-size bronze statue of an elderly mother clutching a framed photo of her son killed in war was unveiled at the new Garden of the Grieving Mother in Ballarat.
Pensions and allowances rise
Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 March 2017 following the latest round of indexation adjustments.
The Digital Readiness Bill
On 29 March, Parliament passed the Digital Readiness Bill. This is an important development in giving DVA 21st-century tools to provide a 21st-century service that veterans deserve.
Decision on the Long Tan Cross site commemorations
The Vietnamese government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.
Using your DVA Health Card
There are a few things worth remembering when using your DVA Health Card.
Overseas Anzac Day services – opening times and registration
This year, visitors are encouraged to register for a free attendance pass for the services at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.
Commemorations throughout 2017
This year is the penultimate year of the Anzac Centenary commemorative period, spanning 2014 to 2018. It will feature several milestone commemorations domestically and overseas to recognise Australian service and sacrifice since Federation.

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