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Engage 14 Mar 22

Helping Veterans and Veteran Families in Need and our first Claims Anomaly paper goes to DVA
14 Mar 2022
Written by Ian Lindgren


Helping Veterans and Veteran Families in Need

We have become aware of a veteran who needs funding to continue receiving assistance from a trusted professional trauma informed support worker. By covering costs of this support for the next four weeks, this interim step will stop him from falling between the cracks as she works with him to secure ongoing government funding to assist with his complex needs.

Our target is to fund raise $2,000 to help pay the support worker for the next four weeks while we approach DVA to identify how it can help the veteran through a longer process. 

Without our help the veteran is at risk of a dangerous decline in mental health and serious legal complications. Donate Here just $10 will help.

No Veteran to be Worse Off - the Douglas Decision

The full Federal Court’s decision last year known as the Douglas Case is continuing to cause grief to many with MSBS and DFRDB invalidity benefits commenced prior to 2007.   Hon Andrew Gee, MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs is remaining true to his word and insisting that the draft legislation that had been written to overcome the inequities be re-drafted and simplified to minimise the ways it can be interpreted by different Government Departments. Only then will it be circulate to veterans for comment prior to consideration in Parliament.  No one should fear that they will not be consulted.

Recognition of Younger Veterans

Tim and Chloe Dalli with Family

The recognition of younger veterans and their families, and their appointment to positions of independent authority in ex-service organisations is a critical step in generational change. Read more....

Claims Anomalies 

Our newly formed Issues and Research Team have put together the first document describing veterans with claims outstanding more than 750 days or where a series of communication errors have severely disadvantaged a veteran and veteran family.  As you could imagine, it is a fairly sensitive subject for DVA and we are working collegially to identify any standalone or systemic issues.  So we cannot say much just yet, but in future editions of Engage we expect to show the results of our combined work with DVA.

Our First Video Podcast

This week we interview Karen (Kaz) Page, author of My Broken Soldier in our first video podcast.  Released later this week.


The Anzac Portal

The Anzac Day resources for schools and community groups have been released here

It’s a great way to reflect on all those who have served during wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. There is a focus on this year as the 75th anniversary of Australia's involvement in peacekeeping operations, the 30th anniversary of the Australian Defence Force deployment to Somalia from 1992 to 1995, and great section on Indigenous service artwork Expressions: Commemoration through art.   The activities feature works by artists Arthur Murch and Tony Albert with a focus on stories of Indigenous service.




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