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Gold Cards for BCOF and BNT 

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As a result of a 2017–18 Budget measure, Gold Cards will be provided to both the surviving Australian participants of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program in Australia, and Australian veterans who served as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) during the occupation of Japan immediately following the Second World War.

The measure will also provide this healthcare coverage for affected pastoralists, Indigenous people and other civilians determined to be within the same vicinity as the participants of the BNT.

In many cases, people will be automatically issued a Gold Card under this measure. However, those who cannot be identified from DVA records as either a BNT or BCOF participant will need to lodge a claim for the Gold Card.

Those who believe they are eligible are encouraged to contact DVA on 133 254 (or 1800 555 254 for regional callers).

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70 years of international peacekeeping

In September this year, a National Service of Commemoration will be held in Canberra to mark 70 years of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping.
 
The commemorative service will be held at the newly completed Australian Peacekeeping Memorial, Anzac Parade, on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 10.00am. The memorial will also be dedicated during this service.
 
DVA is now taking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from those who wish to attend this service. 

While participating in the EOI process does not guarantee you a seat at the service, it will give DVA an indication of the number of people who wish to attend and allow us to plan accordingly.

Please note that this is not a ticketed service and limited, unallocated seating will be provided. Standing room will also be available.
 
To express your interest in attending, please visit the DVA Domestic Commemorations page of the DVA website

Vetaffairs

We’re conducting a review of Vetaffairs, and we’d like to hear from you!

Vetaffairs is DVA's newspaper, which is distributed quarterly to about 220,000 members of the veteran and ex-service communities. It includes articles about Government policies, programs and initiatives, with a strong emphasis on mental and physical health and wellbeing.

DVA is interested in how to make Vetaffairs more useful and relevant to the transitioning and contemporary ex-service communities. DVA would like to know what information you would find useful and how Vetaffairs could best deliver this to you.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous.
 
Take our short survey here: https://surveyhero.com/c/7740b1e

To read Vetaffairs online, visit www.dva.gov.au/vetaffairs.
 
To subscribe to the print edition or audio CD version of Vetaffairs, please email vetaffairs@dva.gov.au.
 

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Belgium oak planting ceremony

A Belgium oak tree has been planted in the grounds of the Belgium Embassy in Canberra in memory of Australian soldiers who fought in Belgium during the First World War.
 
Planted by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, and His Excellency Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium, the oak tree is situated alongside a plaque bearing the names of Private James Mollison and Private Beaumont Philpott, the first two Australian soldiers to die during the First World War in Belgium, on 17 June 1916.
 
On 26 September 2017, with the assistance of Belgian authorities, Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Third Battle of Ypres at a Dawn Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood. The battle resulted in 5,770 Australian casualties.
 
The service will be held at Buttes New British Cemetery, which is the site of the Australian 5th Division Memorial.
 
For more information about the service please visit the overseas commemorations page of the DVA website.

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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