Vietnam Veterans’ Bravery Recognised on Eve of 50th Anniversary – Coral-Balmoral Battle
It’s taken almost half a century but Australian forces who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War are finally to be recognised for their bravery.
Soldiers who resisted attack at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral, which claimed 26 Australian lives, learnt on Thursday they were to be honoured with a Unit Citation for Bravery. The recommendation comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the battle on the weekend of May 12-13.
The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal posted the decision on its website on Thursday morning, stating that members had arrived at the recommendations unanimously.
It said: ‘Throughout the submissions the theme of teamwork and collective gallantry is readily apparent and consistently referenced.
The message to the Tribunal from all of the veterans of the battles was that, regardless of corps and parent unit, they had fought as a coordinated group and that everybody who was there deserve recognition.’
Read the DHAAT Report and its five recommendations:
Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s article :www.smh.com.au/national/vietnam-veterans-bravery-recognised-on-eve-of-50th-anniversary-20180502-p4zcym.html
NEVER ALONE - NEVER FORGOTTEN
SO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT NEED HELP
Do you or a member of your family need to speak to someone who understands problems experienced by serving personnel?
Serving members, veterans and their families are eligible for confidential help from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Call 1800 011-046 or visit: www.vvcs.gov.au
Don’t forget your Battalion/Area Medical Officer and Padre.
Have you left the Army and miss being with your mates and others like yourself?
Join the RAR Family through your Battalion Association:
Are you considering lodging a claim with DVA or are having problems with an existing claim or payment?
Contact your local RSL Sub-Branch.
DVA provides a range of support services to eligible veterans in addition to pensions and compensation. Your local RSL Sub-Branch can advise you on what may be available. But if you want to check out what is available yourself, go to www.dva.gov.au
Have you been wounded or injured and are having problems?
For help with rehabilitation and general support services contact any of these support agencies
YOUNG DIGGERS at www.youngdiggers.com.au
SOLDIER ON at 04 7858 9132 or visit www.soldieron.org.au
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“ KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE”
ADSO – A REMINDER OF WHO WE ARE
ADSO is an Alliance of major Defence Service Organisations whose members include current and past serving ADF persons.
It was formed to protect and represent the Defence Family’s (past and current serving ADFmembers and their immediate families) interests by active engagement with the Parliament.
The Defence Family’s community of interest size is about 3 million people. Its objective is to protect the Defence Family’s interests and right the wrongs imposed on it by successive Australian governments.
It is issues based and for the Fair Go Campaign has focused on four major issues:
military superannuation indexation,
DVA disability pensions,
the military compensation system (objective achieved with the previous Labor government’s review and its overwhelming acceptance of the findings) and
ADF members and veterans’ health issues with a number of initiatives taken by the previous Labor government and ongoing work in this area.
ADSO is non-partisan and does not represent any political party. It does not support or oppose any political party. It does, however support or oppose policies that may help or hinder serving or former ADF members and their families.
ADSO engages directly with the Government and political parties to achieve its mission :
"To obtain parliamentary approval for ADSO objectives." By necessity it operates within the political arena on an issues basis.
ISSUES – OUR LOG OF CLAIMS. ADSO’s Fair Go Campaign’s objective is to protect the interests of the Defence Family and restore their legal entitlements that have been denied or removed by successive Governments.
Our major issues list is:
1. Restoration of Fair indexation to DFRB/DFRDB under aged 55 and all MSBS members because of the inequity from excluding them from the Government’s legislation (Fair Indexation Bill 2014) that restores its purchasing power to DFRB/DFRDB superannuates from 1 July 2014.
2. Restoration of DVA Disability Pension indexation to parity as legislated by the Coalition Government in 2007 and removed by the Labor Government in 2009. Veterans’ Disability Pension is compensation for injury and foregone ability to earn wages/salary. It is not a welfare payment.
3. Abolition of MSBS maximum benefit limits.
4. Increased support for Veterans’ health care.
This does not represent all ADSO policy objectives but is a reflection on our concentration of effort and concurrent activity.
We remain disappointed that the Coalition has avoided any firm commitment to restore the DVA disability pension indexation to that which they, the Howard Government in 2007 legislated but was withdrawn under the Labor Government’s term in 2009.
Why won’t the Coalition Government restore what was their 2007 correct decision?
There are 109,000 disabled veterans who are damaged physically and/or mentally from their military service. Of those 109,000, 29,000 have TPI/Special rate status that limits the hours they can work and hence capacity to maintain their standard of living: their loss since the 2009 removal of indexation parity is $3,300 p.a. and increasing each year See a summary of the issue and the pre-election positions of the ALP and LNP here.
ON – GOING DIALOGUE WITH THE POLITICAL PARTIES
Our strategy to build good relationships with mutual respect and understanding with all political parties and Parliamentarians is in place with good working relationships with relevant Government Ministers, their Opposition counterparts, including the Greens and minor party individuals. We appreciate their commitment to on-going informal dialogue on matters effecting veterans.
While the Government has not pledged an early ‘fix’ of our priority issues, their pledge is to keep them under review, and to discuss them at regular informal meetings with us.
Recognition of this relationship can be seen in the Fair Indexation Bill’s reading in both the House and the Senate where specific mention was made of ADSO leaders; David Jamison, Alf Jaugietis, Bob Ihlein and supporters Peter Criss and Peter Thornton, who had helped those MPs/Senators to understand the veterans’ issues.
2014 DEFENCE FORCE REMUNERATIION TRIBUNAL (DFRT) TRIBUNAL CONSIDERATIONS & WORKPLACE REMUNERATION ARRANGEMENT (WRA)
In 2014 DFWA representing ADSO will consider a number of matters that will affect remuneration payable to ADF members. These include Special Forces and Special Operations Allowance, Field Allowance and most importantly later in the year, the umbrella for the ADF for the three years
following the expiration of the current WRA in November 2014.
As an independent intervener in the DFRT process, DFWA will lobby hard on behalf of ADF members and will seek advice from them on their views as the case progresses.
WILL YOU HELP DEFEND THE DEFENDERS?
With over 250,000 people directly affected and who will benefit from the campaign’s success, we expect that they and their families would want to help us to help them.
If you’re a Defence Family member and none of the injustices directly affects you or your family, then please get involved to help care for the Family. If you’re not a Defence Family member then please help those who are willingly to give their lives in service for our nation’s defence.
Here’s what you can do:
ï‚· If you are have already joined us as a SUBSCRIBER to receive our Updates, then increase your involvement by VOLUNTEERING to join your local electorate Action Team: check out the commitment and bring your friends and relatives to join.
ï‚· If you have not yet joined us, then VOLUNTEER for your local electorate Action Group or SUBSCRIBE to receive our Updates.and/or,
ï‚· DONATE to fund the Campaign. We need money to pay for our promotions, professional advice and administrative costs. Choose the amount and frequency of your donation and/or,
ï‚· Become an ADVISOR. Help guide us with your experience and expertise in a particular Campaign activity, such as marketing/ public relations, media, investigative journalism, superannuation, legal, health, information services and technology, accounting, financial planning, sales etc.
To action the above go to: www.standto.org
Get your whole family involved, especially your spouse/partner. Remember that for military superannuants your widow receives a portion, five/eights of your superannuation payment, for her life time: a paltry amount that is an issue on our agenda.
Social media, in particular youtube and the ADSO facebook page have become an increasingly important and effective way to report our campaign and for people to engage us with their comments. Share our postings with your network. http://www.facebook.com/adso/australia
THANK YOU AUSTRALIA FOR YOUR SUPPORT
From The Fair Go Team our thanks to all our Action Team warriors and supporters.
Campaign Directors: Ted Chitham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alf Jaugietis: email@example.com
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