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Vietnam War Roll of Honour Image Gallery

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Vietnam Veterans’ Day (18 August) was this year commemorated, in part, with the release of a new online Vietnam War Roll of Honour Image Gallery. Announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, the Gallery is a historic collection of photographs of the 521 Australians listed on the Vietnam War Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. The collection comprises a remarkable variety of images—from cherished family photographs to enlistment portraits and candid pictures taken in Vietnam—that depict a diverse range of men, and one woman, and provide some insight into their characters.  
 
The images were collected over several years by the Office of Australian War Graves. Many were provided by relatives and friends, while others were sourced from official archives. Together, they convey a simple message: these were real people, not just names or statistics, and each face tells its own story.
 
The collection is displayed in an interactive online image gallery, which allows visitors to the site to view and reflect on all the photographs on a single page. Search functions allow visitors to find family members and friends by name or to sort the photographs by categories such as Service, their home state in Australia, or year of death. For example, visitors can quickly discover how many National Servicemen from New South Wales died in 1966, or how many Royal Australian Navy personnel on the Vietnam War Roll of Honour were born overseas. By selecting a single image, visitors are provided a profile of the individual, a larger image and some biographical details. 
 
If you would like to view this extraordinary commemorative gallery, please visit DVA’s Australia and the Vietnam War website, at http://vietnam‑war.commemoration.gov.au

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New data link initiative

The data integration between Defence and DVA has broken new ground in technology innovation, and represents an important step forward for future opportunities to exchange information.
 
This new data link initiative has delivered some substantial benefits to both organisations. Some of these benefits include: 
- Improved self service for ADF members and veterans;
- Direct online access to Service Record information for DVA;
- Instant response for affirmed QS eligibility; and
- Significant reduction in manual processing times for DVA, going from a matter of weeks down to seconds.    
 
Major General Dave Chalmers AO CSC, First Assistant Secretary Commemorations and War Graves Division said, 'This result reflects the very good work of the DVA and Defence Program teams, and clearly shows the benefits of introducing a real time data exchange service between the Departments. I look forward the expansion of this work to ensure better ongoing services for veterans'.

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Long Tan Bursary now open

Applications are now open for the Long Tan Bursary, supporting the children of Vietnam veterans to undertake post-secondary study.

Each Bursary is worth up to $9000 over three years and can help to cover study costs such as enrolment, course fees and textbooks.

The Long Tan Bursary Scheme is named after the Battle of Long Tan – the most significant and fierce battle fought by Australians during the Vietnam War.

The Bursary is administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust in partnership with DVA. Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October.

For more information or to apply, visit the DVA grants website www.dva.gov.au/grants


Suspect Fraud?

It is everyone’s responsibility to report fraud and non-compliance. We all have a role in ensuring that suspected staff, contractor, client or provider fraudulent behaviour is brought to the attention of DVA. Referrals of suspected incidents of fraud and non-compliance come from a variety of sources, including tip-offs.

DVA encourages all staff, contractors, clients, providers and members of the wider community to report suspected incidents of fraud and non-compliance. DVA takes all allegations of fraud and non-compliance seriously and investigates these allegations to maintain the integrity of the repatriation system. DVA respects your privacy and reports can be made anonymously.
   
If you suspect fraudulent or non-compliant activity please report it to DVA by emailing fraudallegation@dva.gov.au or telephoning 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia. For reports by post, address to -
People Services Branch
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
GPO Box 9998
YOUR CAPITAL CITY
POSTCODE.

For further information please see the Fraud Reporting factsheet available from http://goo.gl/mEaMN7

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)

A free and confidential counselling service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. For more information on VVCS services and eligibility, please visit the VVCS website or phone 1800 011 046.

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