New Veterans' Affairs Minister Welcomed
- Wednesday 8 February 2006

The new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, was welcomed into his new portfolio by the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA) at their National Congress last weekend.

APPVA National President, Paul Copeland said it was pleasing to see the Minister had made the APPVA National Congress his first official function upon being appointed to the portfolio.

“In his address to the National Congress, the Minister confirmed his commitment to the repatriation of those who have served Australia on peace keeping and military operations,” Mr Copeland said.

“The APPVA will continue to work closely with Minister Billson in its representation for those who have served on UN and other operations in the post Vietnam era.”

“In the current operational climate ADF members are serving on multiple deployments, with many facing the stresses of combat. This is unique in Australian military history.”

Mr Copeland said the APPVA was committed in working closely with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs – with members in most States participating on many consultative committees.

The APPVA represents veterans who have served on all UN operations since 1947 and operations and peacekeeping missions since Vietnam. This is inclusive of police officers serving overseas as part of the International Deployment Group.

CONTACT: National President Paul Copeland Mobile: 0419 355 226