Vetaffairs Autumn edition

Autumn edition out now


Download the printable PDF here or listen to the contents via the MP3 version. Email vetaffairs@dva.gov.au to receive future issues on CD.
The Autumn 2018 issue of Vetaffairs is now available online, featuring:  

‘Let’s stamp “I served” on the top of our CVs’


Should veterans proudly mark the words ‘I served’ on their resumes? The 2018 winner of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment, Glen Ferrarotto, believes they should.

Invictus spirit makes its mark as Games near


Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador Curtis McGrath OAM, who competed at the 2014 and 2016 Games, is encouraging veterans, defence personnel and their families to ‘make their mark’ in their community in the lead-up to the October event.

Sir John Monash Centre brings Western Front story to new audience


The Sir John Monash Centre will officially open in France in late April 2018, allowing visitors to embark on an immersive and at times confronting journey as they connect with the Australian story of the Western Front.

Veterans’ Health Week 2018 to focus on nutrition

Veterans’ Health Week in 2018 will be held from 22 to 30 September. DVA will partner with ex-service organisations and community groups on a program based around this year's theme of Nutrition. 

From the Minister: Putting veterans first


In his first Vetaffairs column since his appointment as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in March, Darren Chester shares his plans for the portfolio, starting by thanking Vetaffairs readers for their service.

One more drink won’t hurt ... or will it?

Looking at the consequences of drinking can be a useful way of determining whether alcohol is having a negative impact on your life, according to DVA’s Mental Health Adviser, Loretta Poerio.
 

Honouring women who have served abroad and at home


This September, a collaborative initiative led by the NSW War Widows’ Guild will recognise and honour the service and sacrifice of women and families in the defence of the nation through two significant events in Canberra.

Renewed sense of purpose key to successful transition


ACT Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Jeremy Hanson was deployed to East Timor and Iraq during his 22-year Army career, but when it came to transitioning to civilian life, he was challenged as never before.

When 20,000 women stepped up


Second World War veteran Thea Commins joined the Australian Women’s Army Service as a teenager after Singapore fell in 1942, and within a week of signing on was training fellow recruits.

Milestone events mark final months of Anzac Centenary

The last few months of the four-year-long Anzac Centenary period will feature a series of major commemorative events in Australia and overseas.

Somalia: A grim fight for peace


The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP is a federal politician these days but 25 years ago he was a military legal officer serving in Somalia alongside more than 1500 ADF personnel.

VVCS webinar to focus on transition

The next VVCS community mental health webinar, on Wednesday 30 May, is entitled Transitioning from the military – a stepped approach.

Is it difficult to access mental health treatment through DVA?

There is a common misconception that it’s difficult to get DVA to cover the cost of mental health treatment. In fact, DVA provides veterans who served full-time with free treatment for any mental health condition.