Accommodation Outcome for Gulf War Veteran - 12 Sep 2007

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Bruce Billson

The Australian Government has helped to arrange appropriate accommodation for Gulf War veteran Bevan Taylor at the Village Life Independent Living Units at Melton (Victoria), the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, said today.

“Officers from my Department along with Mr Taylor and a representative from the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association have visited the Village Life living units and believe the accommodation will be appropriate for Mr Taylor’s needs,” Mr Billson said.

“My Department is making arrangements for payment with Village Life and will pay for the accommodation component of the cost at the facility, including an entry bond.

“The detail is yet to be finalised but Mr Taylor will pay the residual amount, including electricity, phone and other charges he may incur.”

Mr Billson said his team of Department staff would continue to work with Mr Taylor to obtain assessments of his clinical needs and would continue to provide direct assistance through the VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.

“We have and continue to exhaust every possible avenue of support available for Mr Taylor who is receiving his full financial entitlement under the Veterans Entitlement Act,” Mr Billson said.

“This includes arranging transport at my Department’s expense to all his medical appointments where he is seeing a specialist, any hospital appointments and radiology and pathology appointments.

“My Department will also reimburse the cost of transport to attend general practitioner appointments and other allied health services.”

Mr Billson said he was pleased that Mr Taylor’s accommodation needs had been resolved to the satisfaction of all involved.

“I am aware that Mr Taylor yesterday issued a statement welcoming this major, positive step forward,” Mr Billson said.

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