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Weekly Issues 14 February 2022

Progress on veteran and veteran family issues last week
14 Feb 2022
Written by Ian Lindgren

This news story describes some of the key achievements of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association in the past week.

Claims Data.  We have been successful in convincing DVA to release details on its performance in terms of the claims process.  While it will be some weeks away until the first data is released, the APPVA is working with DVA in partnership so this comes out and has meaning to veterans and their families.

A Safety Net for Claims.  We are almost at a stage where we have a safety net to assist veterans who have claims that have been outstanding for far too long or require escalation within DVA.  A number of people have provided a summary of their situations and we are probably about two weeks away from being able to help these veterans and their families and establish a direct line to DVA.

The Douglas Decison and Negative Impact on Veterans.  We are still of the opinion that this will not be intrduced into parliament without widespread consultation.

75th Anniversary of Australians in Peacekeeping Operations.  This will be a major commemorative event on 14 September 2022 and Facebook members have contributed to the guest list.  We have established a strategic planning group with that consists of the Director Australian War Memorial, DVA, AFP and DFAT.   We will shortly call for volunteer help to make it all happen.

Charity Golf Day.  We are working to establish a golf day in Canberra on the same week as the 75th Anniversary of Australians in Peacekeeping Operations.

Charity Support.   Kris Milne has been working with a local Canberra charity and it looks like we might benefit from additional funding through a like minded charity.

Royal Commission.  We will be addressing the Royal Commission near the end of its proceedings because there are a number of issues we can raise that are fresh our minds and we feel this will have greater effect than at the beginning of the hearings.

Tying DVA funding and recognition as a veteran organisation to compliance with safeguarding.There is no place for people to engage with veterans when they are not fit and proper responsible people and meet working with vulnerable people requirements. Our submission to have DVA funding tied to good governance is receiving sound support from across the veteran community. 

Establishing supportive relationships with other Veteran Organisations.  Our program of meeting members of other veteran organisations and agreeing to work with each other as opposed to being competition is reaping great rewards for all organisations involved.

Our New Web Site will be formerly launched this week.

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