THE BLUE BERET OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE
AIRFIELD DEFENCE ASSOCIATION AUSTRALIA INC. PATRON: AIR MARSHAL S.D. EVANS AC DSO AFC RAAF RET’D
REGISTERED ADDRESS: 5 JEFFREY STREET CAPALABA QLD 4157
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SPIKE DAINER MAX HALING BOB HOLT MICK SHEEAN
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FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome to the ANZAC Day edition of your Blue Beret. The Brisbane ANZAC Day march this year has a special significance for both the Association and 2AFDS, who will be marching behind 1AFDS with their new Squadron Standard on display for the first time during this historic and memorable event. Our banner will also be on display, celebrating the Association’s 25th Anniversary. Who would have thought, 25 years ago on 3rd October 1987 when Vietnam veteran ADGs marched as a group through Sydney town in that long-overdue “Welcome Home” Parade, that the Association would have become the proud organisation it is today. In that march, an Australian Flag was carried to remember each of the more than 500 who paid the ultimate sacrifice during that conflict. So, ANZAC Day 2012 is a very special day for us. Please try and attend the march with those thoughts in mind wherever you live, but especially in Brisbane where we will make you most welcome if you can make it. After we break off at the end of the march, it will be on to the specially marked buses in Eagle Street and over to the Boundary Hotel at West End, where our host Adam and his staff will be waiting. To avoid disappointment when we get there, remember that only pots and jugs of local beers are discounted (no spirits, mixers or imported beers). Once again, we will be asking for $5.00 per person entering, to cover the cost of catering, venue hire etc. Timings, form up point and other details will be covered elsewhere in this issue. The Air Force will be second in this year’s Order of March, behind the Army. Look for the banner in the usual form-up place, near the corner of Elizabeth Street and North Quay. Remember, if in doubt, ask a Committee member. See you there. With the 25th Anniversary reunion coming up in October please make sure you send back your “Expression of Interest” form, which you should have received recently as part of a larger package. All is explained in the paperwork which has been sent out, so now you know as much as we do. As you can appreciate, a lot of work has gone into the arrangements for this reunion and my congratulations to Spike Dainer and Jim, as well as the rest of the Committee and our serving members at Amberley. We can’t make final arrangements unless we have a good idea of how many people will be coming, so please get your response in ASAP. Emails and the internet are wonderful tools of communication when used wisely. The information in the Blue Beret can at times be deemed to be sensitive. You, our members, pay your dues to have access to this publication and it was never meant to be shared with the world in general, so please guard your investment. The Blue Beret is clearly marked as a copyright publication, as you will see from the front cover. In short, this means that it has ”exclusive right given by law for a term of years to the author, designer etc. or assignee to print and publish”. Any person who knowingly reproduces the publication without the express permission of the Association can be liable to prosecution. On the subject of membership fees, they are now due for 2012. You will by now have received a renewal invoice in the mail or with this copy of the Blue Beret, so please ensure
that you are paid up as soon as possible. If in doubt, check with the Treasurer – memory can be unreliable at times, I should know. (If you didn’t get a renewal invoice, you are already paid up for this year). The Memorial is progressing at a pace where we need to get it right to record the names of our own who have lost their lives either on Active Service or on duty. Spike Dainer is in the area and on the job. As always however, money is the oil that keeps the machinery working and we would welcome any and all donations to the Memorial fund. You will find a Donation form elsewhere in this issue and for those who have already given, my sincere thanks. Our first “History of the Mustering” booklet is almost ready for publication and will initially be used as a handbook given to all those on ADG basic course. Advance copies are to be handed to the School and Squadron representatives on 19 April for comment. Sincere thanks to Glen Hombsch for a terrific job. Our rapport with serving members could not be better as you will see on Wednesday 3 rd October this year, when we visit the Base during our reunion celebrations. I thank them in advance because we know how much work goes into the arrangements for these Open Days. Whilst on our Young and Brave, congratulations to Chucky on your well-deserved promotion to Warrant Officer and welcome home. We’re proud of you all. To those currently on deployment or who have just come home, we will be thinking of you on Thursday and beyond. Our first sponsored recruit to the mustering, whom I have a lot to do with, will be enlisted in May as an ADG. No names, no pack drill, but well done young mate and good luck. He hasn’t yet earned the right to wear the Blue Beret but I have no doubt that he and many more young men like him will do so. To your Committee, my sincere thanks for all your dedication and ongoing hard work in representing our Special Airfield Defence family. To all our members, remember that the reunion is not just for Association members. It will be open to all former ADGs and Ground Defence Officers and if you know someone who isn’t an Association member, please encourage them to come along – the more the merrier as the saying goes, so spread the word. To all on the sick list, may your recovery be speedy and complete. Remember we are only a phone call away if you need help with anything, including representation with Department of Veteran Affairs, so contact our dedicated team at the Greenslopes Private Hospital: 07 3374 7235 or 07 3394 7077. I hope to see many of you during the course of this very special year. Yours Proudly Merv Reid National President.
THE ADG MONUMENT: WE NEED YOUR HELP Most readers will hopefully know by now that the long-planned monument to fallen Airfield Defence members is slowly progressing towards completion. The stone is mounted at the new Squadron Headquarters complex at Amberley, thanks to outstanding work by serving members, but the next steps are vital – it needs to be cleaned, smoothed and have the various plaques and crests attached before it can be dedicated. Spike Dainer and the Committee have done sterling work in finalising the design and getting quotes etc and once again the Squadron members have been right at the front of the queue when things need to be sorted out. Henry Cichowski is seeking grants from DVA and other organisations to help with the cost of finishing the job, but we need your help as well. Grants will only go so far towards meeting the cost, which we have tried to keep as low as can), so we still need more cash to finish the job. With that in mind the Association is appealing to all former and serving members to help out where you can by donating as little or as much as you can to our Monument Fund. We are seeking “Not for Profit” status from the Australian Taxation Office so that your donations can be tax deductible. This memorial is dedicated to all ADGs and Ground Defence Officers who have lost their lives either on active service or during training and will hopefully be a lasting memorial to all of them. Because of that, we’re certain that all former members of the mustering/category will be happy to help, whether you are an Association member or not. We also ask current members to pass this information on to any non-members that you know, so that they too can have the opportunity to help us reach this goal. The response so far has been outstanding, but we need a lot more than we’ve been given so far if this is to be a goer, so if you can help us, perhaps in the next month or so, it would be a huge bonus and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have been part of a very worthwhile project. Every donation will be acknowledged unless specifically requested. Will you add your name to the list please? A copy of this form will be on our web site as well. To: Airfield Defence Association Australia Inc. 5 Jeffrey Street Capalaba Qld 4157 Please find enclosed my cheque/money order for $ Ground Defence Memorial Fund.
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ANZAC DAY ARRANGEMENTS AUSTRALIA Ceremonies in Australia On 25 April 2012, Anzac Day services will be held in cities and towns across Australia. For more information about Anzac Day ceremonies in your area, contact your local Returned Services League sub-branch or ex-service organisation.
Australian Capital Territory Canberra Event: Australian War Memorial Dawn Service Time: 5:30 am – 6:00 am Venue: Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial, Campbell More information: Australian War Memorial Event: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony Time: 6:30 am Venue: Aboriginal Memorial Plaque, Mount Ainslie (behind the Australian War Memorial More information: Australian War Memorial Event: March & Australian War Memorial National Ceremony Time: 10:15 am – 12 noon approx. Venue: Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial, Campbell Details: All enquiries about the Veterans’ March should be directed to the RSL ACT Branch on (02) 6260 6344. More information: Australian War Memorial
New South Wales Sydney Event: Dawn Service Time: 4:15 am Venue: The Cenotaph, Martin Place Event: March & Commemorative Service Time: 9:00 am march, 12:30 pm service Venue: Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park Details: The parade commences at 9:00 am, corner Pitt Street and Martin Place. The route for the march is via Pitt Street, Martin Place, George and Bathurst Streets, to Elizabeth Street. Event: Sunset Service Ceremony Time: 5:00 pm Venue: The Cenotaph, Martin Place Parramatta Event: Wreath Laying Ceremony, March & Dawn Service Time: 4:10 am ceremony, 4:30 am service Venue: War Memorial, Parramatta RSL Club Details: Following the wreath laying ceremony, marchers will make their way to the Cenotaph in Prince Alfred Park where a memorial service will take place at 4:30 am. Penrith Event: March & Dawn Service
Time: 4:45 am march, 5:00 am dawn service Venue: Starting from the Penrith RSL Club and marching to Memory Park, High Street, Penrith. The Dawn Service will commence at 5:00 am. Central Coast Event: Doyalson Wyee RSL Sub Branch Dawn Service, March and Day Service Time: 5:00am dawn service, 8:30am march, day service commencing directly after march Venue: Doyalson Wyee RSL Club, Pacific Highway, Doyalson Details: Breakfast provided for those attending dawn service. Those participating in the march (8.30am) are to meet at corner Wyee Rd & Pacific Highway, Doyalson. Event: Gosford RSL Sub Branch Dawn Service, Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony Time: 6:00am dawn service, 10:30am parade Venue: Gosford Cenotaph, Mann Street Details: Breakfast will follow dawn service at Gosford RSL Club. Form up for parade at Kibble Park (near Library) at 10.15. March will go along Mann Street to the cenotaph for the service & wreath laying. Refreshments (finger food) will follow service at Gosford RSL Club, West Gosford. Event: Wyong RSL Sub Branch Dawn, Morning Service and March Time: 5:40am dawn service, 9:15am morning service, 10:15 am march Venue: Dawn service: Anzac Avenue, Wyong. Morning service: Wyong Town Centre Park, the Cenotaph. March: assemble in Rankens Court Details: In the event of inclement weather, both services will be held in Wyong RSL Club premises. Newcastle Event: Dawn Service Time: 5:00 am Venue: Nobbys Beach, Newcastle Event: Main Service Time: 10:00 am Venue: Civic Park, King Street, Newcastle Wollongong Event: Anzac Day Service Time: 9:00 am Venue: Wollongong Cenotaph, Church Street, Wollongong Batemans Bay Event: Dawn Service & Ceremony Time: 5:45 am dawn service, 10:15 am ceremony Venue: Batemans Bay Foreshore Park in Clyde Street Details: Following the service a breakfast will be held at the Soldiers Club for current and exservice members. A main ceremony will occur at the rear of the Soldiers Club at 10:15 am. Queanbeyan Event: March & Dawn Service Time: 5:25 am march, 5:30 am service Venue: World War I Memorial, corner of Monaro Street and Lowe Street, Queanbeyan Details: Assembly point for march is outside the RSL Building in Crawford St at 5:25 am.
There will also be a Laying of Floral Tributes at the Lawn Cemetery at 9:00 am and a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Boer War Memorial at 9:45 am. Event: Main March and Commemoration Service Time: 10:20 march, 10:30 am service Venue: World War I Memorial, corner of Monaro and Lowe Streets Details: Assembly point for march is outside the RSL Building in Crawford Street at 10:00 am. March off is at 10:20 am. More information: Steve White, Queanbeyan City Council, (02) 6285 6213 Email: email@example.com
Victoria Melbourne Event: Dawn Service and Anzac Day March Time: 6:00 am Dawn Service, 9:00 am Anzac Day March Venue: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne Details: The northern side of the Shrine More information: Shrine of Remembrance Ian Ward, RSL Victorian branch, (03) 9655 5555 Special note for RAAFVVA members: we will now form up at the rear of the Air Force Contingent in St Kilda Road service lane, opposite the Arts Centre near the Floral Clock. Step off time is to be around 1030-1045 hours. Be early and look for the Banner. Some of our members are not computer literate so if you know of anyone who plans to march and who falls into this category please give them a ring and advise them of these changes. Dress standard remains the same. See you all then.
Queensland Brisbane Event: Anzac Concert Date: Tuesday 24 April 2012 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Venue: Suncorp Piazza, South Bank Parklands Event: Dawn Service Time: 4:30 am Venue: Shrine of Remembrance, Ann Street Event: Main March and Commemoration Service Time: 10.00 am Venue: Elizabeth Street As always, the Association form up point will be at the corner of North Quay and Elizabeth Street, on the Casino side of Elizabeth Street opposite Queens Park. The banner will be in place in the normal spot by 9.00 am. Air Force is marching second in the parade, which steps off at 10.00 am, Army leading, so we donâ€™t expect to be away until about 10.45 am at the earliest. The Association, 1AFDS and 2AFDS will all be represented in the march and 2AFDS will be parading their Squadron Standard for the first time.
After the march, buses will be waiting in Eagle Street to take everyone to the Boundary Hotel at West End. At the Boundary, a barbecue and sausage sizzle has been organised and there will be sandwiches on arrival. Entry remains at $5.00 per person to cover the cost of catering. Townsville Event: Dawn Service Time: 5:40am Venue: Anzac Park, The Strand Event: Anzac Day March Time: 9:30am Venue: March commences at The Strand, assemble from 9:00am
South Australia Adelaide Event: Dawn Service Time: 6:15 am Venue: SA National War Memorial Details: Corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue. Event: Light Horse Commemorative Service Time: 8:00 am Venue: Light Horse Memorial Details: Corner North Terrace & East Terrace. Event: Anzac Day March Time: 9:30 am Venue: Commences at SA National War Memorial Details: Proceeds down North Terrace & King William Street to the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide. Event: Anzac Commemorative Service Time: approx 11:30 am Venue: Cross of Sacrifice, Pennington Gardens, King William Rd, North Adelaide Details: Service commences after the finish of the March.
Northern Territory Darwin Event: Dawn Service Time: 6:00 am Venue: Darwin Cenotaph, The Esplanade More information: Peter Mansell, Darwin RSL, 0420 469 756. Event: Anzac Day March Time: 9:00 am Venue: Commences adjacent to the Cenotaph More information: For further details of Anzac Day Dawn Services and Commemorative Services throughout the Northern Territory, contact the Darwin RSL Sub-branch, (08) 8981 5861. Darwin North Event: Dawn Service Time: 6:00 am
Venue: RSL Memorial Garden, Batten Rd More information: Kirsty Mcgregor-Dey or Bev Mehan 08 8945 0701.
Tasmania Hobart Event: Dawn Service Time: 6:00 am Venue: Hobart War Memorial (Cenotaph), Queens Domain Event: Anzac Day March & Service Time: 11:00 am march, 12:00 pm service Venue: The march starts in Macquarie Street and the service is at the Cenotaph. Launceston Event: Dawn Service Time: 6:00 am Venue: Cenotaph, Patterson Street Event: Anzac Day March and Service Time: 10:20 am march, 11:00 am service Venue: The march starts in Princes Square and the service is at the Cenotaph. Devonport Event: March & Dawn Service Time: 5:45 am march, 6:00 am service Venue: Cenotaph, Victoria Parade Details: Departing from the Senior Citizens Club at 5:45 am. Event: Anzac Day Service Time: 11:00 am Venue: Cenotaph, Victoria Parade St Helens Event: March and Dawn Service Time: 5:45 am march, 6:00 am service Venue: Cenotaph, Cecilia Street Details: The march starts at Hillies Supermarket, Cecilia Street. Event: Anzac Day March and Service Time:10:50 am march, 11:00 am service Venue: Cenotaph, Cecilia Street St Helens Details: The march starts at Hillies Supermarket, Cecilia Street.
Western Australia Perth Event: Dawn Service Time: 5:30 am to 7:00 am Venue: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, West Perth Details: Vehicle access to Kings Park is from Saw or Poole Avenues. More information: Kings Park and Botanic Garden
COALITION COMMITTED TO MILITARY SUPERANNUATION REFORM The Coalition has recommitted itself to the fair indexation of Defence Force Retirement Benefit (DFRB) and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit (DFRDB) military superannuation pensions. We will keep faith with those who have served and protected Australia. The Coalition’s signed pledge will keep faith with the 57,000 recipients of military superannuation pensions by providing fair indexation. Under a Coalition government, DFRB and DFRDB superannuants aged 55 and over will have their superannuation pensions indexed in the same way as aged and service pensions. This will ensure that 57,000 superannuants, and their families, will have access to fair, just and equitable indexation of their superannuation entitlements. Our plan is fully costed and fully funded. Prior to the 2007 election, Labor led people to believe that they would provide a fairer deal for ex-servicemen and women. Unfortunately, the Rudd-Gillard Government never delivered. After the 2010 election, the Coalition introduced legislation into the parliament to deliver fair indexation to ex-servicemen and women and their families. Labor and the Greens used their combined numbers in the Senate to defeat the Coalition’s legislation. Unlike Labor, we will honour our word. Our veterans and their families deserve fair indexation. A Coalition government will deliver it. The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Greyhound Gives Back – Free Anzac Day Travel for War Veterans For the fifth year running Greyhound Australia will offer free Anzac Day travel for Aussie war veterans and war widows across its entire network. Greyhound Australia General Manager Government and Public Affairs Tony Hopkins said the proudly Australian national coach company took great pride in honouring the diggers. "This is a very small gesture of thanks to recognise the huge commitment and sacrifice made by the brave Australian men and women who serve their country," Mr Hopkins said. "Greyhound Australia will offer free travel on all coach services across the nation from April 24 to 26. "We know from previous years that a number of diggers take advantage of this offer to travel to Anzac services around Australia and reconnect with the mates they served with and we are proud to be able to facilitate this. "We are proud to continue the tradition of supporting our servicemen and women by carrying them free of charge this Anzac Day." Mr Hopkins said the offer was open to all Australian war veterans, and their widows, regardless of where and when they served their country. The booking process is simple, veterans simply need to call the Greyhound call centre on 1300 GREYHOUND (1300 47 39 46).
COMMEMORATING 'HUEY'S' CONTRIBUTION TO WAR A dedicated project team from the Caloundra RSL Sub Branch has been involved in locating and restoring for permanent display an aircraft that had seen Operational Service in South Vietnam. Project Manager Bob McInnes said that the project is being undertaken in an effort to recognise the achievements of Iroquois (Huey) UH1 A2-1022 and 9 Squadron RAAF. "The Caloundra Sub Branch has a significant military collection and it's expanding constantly, so a military icon such as A2-1022 would be an appropriate item to have," Mr McInnes said. Back in July of 2009 a former member of 9 Squadron was touring through Nyngan in NSW and saw the aircraft on display. Believing it would be better housed in Caloundra he took a proposal to Sub Branch President, Barry Johnson, to be put forward to the committee. As a result a fund of $35,000 was allocated to the project and the Bogan Shire Council was contacted and agreed to take part in the project, provided the Caloundra RSL Sub Branch replaced A2-1022 with another Iroquois. The changeover of Airframes took place in May of this year.
Upon completion, A2-1022 will be housed and displayed as part of the planned Caloundra RSL Sub Branch military display. The huge task has been achieved by the project team through commitment, dedication, resourcefulness and craftsmanship. The project holds significant meaning to those involved, with most having come in contact with the A2-1022 in some way during their RAAF service lives. Bob McInnes said that the recovery team is also made up of people who are from non-military backgrounds, but wish to show their gratitude to the ex-service community. "We can say the community support and interest in the project has been an inspiration. The recovery team also includes willing volunteers who are not ex-military, but they want to be included and are 'paying their dues ' we are truly thankful for their efforts," Mr McInnes said. The UH-1 'Huey' Iroquois helicopter represents an integral component of the Australian involvement in the war in South Vietnam. It was 9 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force pilots, crewmen, gunners, fitters, maintainers and handlers that provided and satisfied the role of providing 'Helicopter support to the Australian Army in South
Vietnam'. All units within the Australian Task Force in South Vietnam had exposure to the 'Huey' and many owe their lives to the actions of 9 Squadron. Tasks achieved by 9 Squadron included causality evacuation (Dust-off), combat insertion and extraction of Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) and Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) troops and Operational Demand (Opdem) resupply. In order to commemorate the 'Huey's' Participation in the Vietnam War and celebrate its restoration, a dedication ceremony was held on March 16, 2012. of others. Thy day will be very important for all involved. Ex service people who have a connection with 'Huey's want to be here on the day," Mr. McInnes said. All military associations involved in the South Vietnam war, the 9 Squadron members and the surviving members and families of D Company 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), from the Battle of Long Tan, and dignitaries were represented at the ceremony.
For those with internet access, go to http://youtu.be/e3QsKHXvDDO for a great clip of the Dedication Ceremony at Caloundra. Pleased to see Mr. Slipper get dressed up!
FAREWELL â€œDIZZYâ€? We have received the following message from Mrs Gloria Dean following the recent loss of her husband, who was well known to many older members and who will be sadly missed: Flight Lieutenant (Retired) Samuel Kerry Dean passed away peacefully on March 15 th 2012 aged 85 years. Kerry requested a private funeral, with just family. We did do the last post etc. and buried him in his dress uniform and I must say he scrubbed up very well. He is with his mates now who didn't make it home. My Fondest regards to you all, Gloria. PS. Have a beer for Bill on ANZAC DAY.
CARBON PRICE – VETERAN COMMUNITY Around 350,000 in the veteran community will benefit from a package of additional payments that will assist with the cost of living impact of a price on carbon. A nine month up-front advance lump sum will be paid in June 2012 called the Clean Energy Advance. In March 2013, ongoing supplement will be paid, with a choice of either fortnightly or quarterly payment called the Clean Energy Supplement. All service pensioners (full and part), disability pensioners and war widow(er)s will receive both the Clean Energy Advance and the Clean Energy Supplement. Assistance for service pensioners and war widow(er)s will be calculated on 1.7% of the maximum rate of service pension or widow(er)’s pension. Assistance for General Rate disability pensioners, including those receiving less than 100% of the General Rate, will be calculated on 1.7% of the General Rate of disability pension under the VEA. Assistance for beneficiaries receiving an Above General Rate of disability pension (Special Rate, Intermediate Rate or Extreme Disablement Adjustment) will be calculated on the basis of 1.7% of the payment being received. Veterans on a disability pension and service pension receive both payments. Payments will also be made to: Wholly Dependent Partners and Permanent Impairment payees under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 Partner service pensioners who receive Family Tax Benefit Veterans and their partners in receipt of the Seniors Supplement Children of veterans and members receiving payments under the VCES or MRCAETS Veterans not receiving income support or seniors supplement may benefit through the tax system. The following tables set out the amounts announced for veterans, their families and war widow(er)s as part of the Government’s introduction of a carbon price. Upfront assistance Ongoing assistance (from March (9 month advance 2013) paid June 2012) Service pension (single) Service pension (partnered - each)
$13.50 per fortnight $10.20 per fortnight
$13.80 per fortnight
10% - 100% disability pension
$7.40 per fortnight
$11.50 per fortnight
$14.10 per fortnight
$20.90 per fortnight
MRCA wholly dependent partners MRCA permanent impairment payments
$13.80 per fortnight $7.40 per fortnight
MRCA Special Rate DP
$20.90 per fortnight
Seniors supplement (single)
$13.50 per fortnight (paid quarterly)
Seniors supplement (partnered – each)
$10.20 per fortnight (paid quarterly)
Carer Payment (single) - paid by Centrelink
$13.50 per fortnight
Carer Payment (partnered) - paid by Centrelink $190.00
$10.20 per fortnight
Upfront assistance (12Upfront assistance (6 Ongoing assistance month advance paid month advance paid July (from January 2014) June 2012) 2013) $60.00 $4.00 VCES and MRCAETS (at home, $110.00 16-17 years old $70.00 $4.80 VCES and MRCAETS (at home, $130.00 18 or older) $100.00 $7.20 VCES and MRCAETS (living $190.00 away from home) $100.00 $7.20 VCES and MRCAETS $190.00 (homeless)
DVA NEWS Dental services update DVA is aware of client concerns about access to preventive dental care services provided by dental hygienists on behalf of their dentist. The Repatriation Commission and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission have determined that services provided by dental hygienists under the direction of a dentist or dental specialist will continue for veteran patients as an interim arrangement while DVA consults with the Australian Dental Association and Dental Hygienists Association of Australia about ongoing arrangements.
Veterans’ Access Network The Veterans’ Affairs Network and Veterans’ Service Centre will now be known collectively as the Veterans’ Access Network, or VAN. The DVA general enquiry telephone service — 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers) — is now a national service that has expanded into a number of DVA offices where Veterans’ Affairs Network services are provided. This has allowed the Department to combine various functions and offer increased options for all clients to engage with DVA in person and on the telephone. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to give DVA’s enquiry service one easy name: Veterans’ Access Network. The VAN acronym is well known throughout the veteran community, so hopefully this change won’t create any confusion. To find your nearest VAN office visit the DVA website.
VIETNAM VETERANS’ EDUCATION CENTRE Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, have launched the Australian Government’s commitment of $3.3 million towards a worldfirst education centre honouring Vietnam veterans. The VVEC will be a centre for both education and commemoration. It is not a traditional museum but will use multimedia technology to tell the story of the Vietnam War. The VVEC will also be accessible via the internet. The purpose of Australia’s funding contribution is to ensure that when Americans remember and learn of the Vietnam War, they will also remember and learn of the significant contribution that Australian servicemen and women made there. Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Fund (VVMF) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Authorised by Congress, its most recent initiative is building The Education Centre. The two story underground building will be adjacent to the Vietnam Memorial (The Wall). Detailed Australian planning for the VVEC was commenced in 2012. DVA will consult widely with the Vietnam veterans’ community, principally through Ex-Service Organisations, the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council, the Ex-Service Round Table and the VetAffairs newspaper. Ex-Service Organisations wishing to stay abreast of developments are invited to register their interest at VVEC@dva.gov.au providing name and contact details, including email address of a point of contact. Further information is available at http://buildthecenter.org/ Australia’s Vietnam veterans are encouraged to contribute their stories through the following link: http://www.buildthecenter.org/component/content/article/166.html
A VERY SMALL BLUE BERET We regret that due to time and other pressures, this issue of the newsletter is not up to the normal size or presentation standard that you have come to expect, however we had a choice of either not having it available by ANZAC Day or cutting it short. In order to keep faith with you, we decided to cut it short, however we will make up for it with the next issue, which we promise will be back to the usual size.. The Editorial Team.