Trial of MyService
DVA is seeking Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who enlisted after 30 June 2004 and have an injury or disease related to their ADF service to register with MyService today.
MyService is a new online service that provides an easier way for clients to get covered by DVA. For the purpose of the MyService trial, the term ‘cover’ is being used instead of ‘claim’.
Through MyService, clients will:
- be identified using electronic verification, removing the onerous paper-based proof-of-identity process
- view the requirements for cover and medical statements of principles relevant to the injury or disease
- save an incomplete request so that it can be accessed and completed at a future point.
It’s important to note that your injury or disease doesn’t have to be severe to seek cover from DVA. Sometimes it’s just about being covered for the future. If you have any questions, or wish to talk to someone about your cover before registering with MyService, email firstname.lastname@example.org, provide your phone number and DVA will call you.
If you meet the requirements above, or know someone else who is, DVA encourages you to use MyService and also provide any feedback you have.
To register, or for further information, visit MyService on the DVA website.
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75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein
DVA would like to invite the nomination of Australian veterans who served in El Alamein between 1 July and 5 November 1942 to attend a Last Post Ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein at the Australian War Memorial on 23 October 2017.
El Alamein was one of the Second World War’s decisive battles with fighting beginning in the El Alamein area of western Egypt in July 1942. Australian troops were in action at Ruin Ridge that month and at Tel el Eisa in September. The main battle was fought between 23 October to 5 November 1942 when the British 8th Army, which included the Australian 9th Division, launched a major offensive against German and Italian forces.
The Australians played a key role in the battle, driving forward on the British right flank along the Mediterranean coast and withstanding a series of determined counter-attacks. The 9th Division suffered more than 2,600 casualties – about one-fifth of the 8th Army’s losses.
Details about the commemoration in Canberra and the nomination process are available on the domestic commemorations page of the DVA website.
Nominations close on Friday, 11 August 2017.
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A rehab success story – Tyson Byrne-Baxter
DVA provides rehabilitation assistance to entitled serving and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, reservists and cadets. No two people are the same – that’s why we tailor each rehabilitation plan to suit the individual.
Tyson’s story provides an insight into the challenges faced by our clients and how DVA rehabilitation can help.
If you are a former ADF member or veteran, or know someone who is, and believe DVA’s rehabilitation support and services can help, either visit the DVA’s Rehabilitation webpage or call 133 254.
Joining the Army in 2009, straight out of school, Tyson first injured himself during his training at Kapooka. It turned out he had a defect in his back that he was previously unaware of and over time the high impact training made it worse.
He managed his injury throughout his service for three and half years, but his problems persisted. Tyson transitioned out of the Army, back to civilian life, with the help of DVA.
'My advice to others in my position is to take advantage of the support that DVA and the Rehabilitation Service Provider can offer you. It took me a long time to realise that they were there to help me and that I wasn’t abandoned because I wasn’t in the Army anymore. My support network was good, not only from DVA and my Service Provider, but also my family. Out of all that, my family are closer than ever and that is the best thing.'
To read Tyson’s full story and other rehabilitation success stories visit the DVA website.