What is a veteran?

The definition favoured at the moment is that anyone who has served in any of the services at any time is a Veteran — this is to ensure that no one is excluded from membership of the RSL or from receiving entitlements assistance through DVA. Entitlements are a completely different matter and being called a ‘Veteran’ does not immediately transfer entitlements to the individual. The RSL has not wanted to discriminate between service members because it is important to us that we engage with everyone who has served regardless of where, when and for how long.

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Useful Links:

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Services include pensions and compensation, health care, rehabilitation, counselling services, transition support, home care assistance, and subsidised housing loans.

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS (DVA) ‘AT EASE’

At Ease assists veterans, ADF personnel, and family members to identify the symptoms of not coping after deployment. At Ease provides tips, treatment options and resources on challenges including loneliness, relationship issues, violence, anger and depression. It also has clinical resources for health professionals who may be treating members of the veteran and Defence community.

  http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/

OPERATION PTSD SUPPORT

An online and face to face support network for partners, parents and children of veterans that are caring for a veteran with mental health issues. We offer a very active online support network across Australia and internationally, as well as regular social inclusion events around Australia and Weekend Retreats Bi-annually. Free Mental Health First Aid Courses are also available to assist the caring role.

  www.opptsdsupport.org.au

PARTNERS OF VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

A Nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the Australian Defence Forces offering support, friendship, information and understanding.

1300 553 835
www.pva.org.au

VETERANS AND VETERANS FAMILY COUNSELLING SERVICE (VVCS)

VVCS provides free and confidential, nationwide counselling and support – including group programs – for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and anger. VVCS counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can work with clients to find effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.

1800 011 046 (24hrs)

Other Useful Links:

http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/benefits-and-payments/veterans