Many veterans feel they have been forgotten by successive Governments ....
Another Australian Election is upon us, on 2 Jul 16 ...
On ANZAC Day and in the lead up to every election, Australia's leaders have spoken about the sacrifice of those that have been killed on service and that 'we will never forget' veterans, particularly wounded or injured veterans, who have returned from various operations abroad and at home.
They have all acknowledged the incredible debt owed to the 'fallen' and to veterans and their families, many of whom now suffer and in some cases struggle to survive ...
All of our leaders deliver very fine words ...
Veterans, disabled 'diggers', widows and their families want to see those words turned into Policy, proper funding, and ongoing support ...
Lest We Forget’
This video was produced by Colonel Ray Martin (Retd) ADSO's Townsville representative and member of ADSO's Advisory Group.
20th June 2016
Fraser's cabinet reluctant to launch Agent Orange probe
online political correspondent Emma Rodgers
Updated 1 Jan 2011, 8:03am
A US military helicopter sprays Agent Orange
Photo: A US military helicopter sprays Agent Orange on Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War. (Wikimedia)
Malcolm Fraser's cabinet resisted growing calls throughout 1980 for a judicial inquiry into the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their children because it would have put the government in an "impossible position", secret cabinet documents show.
That has been the government's policy on Vietnam veterans since the 1980's nothing has changed.
DVA our worst enemy, implementing government policy still in denial
Show this on the TV . It should show the public how veterans have been treated as I don't think these facts are well known to the man in the street. It may prod both sides and embarrass them enough to maybe, I say maybe, include retribution in their election promises.
We will try to get it free as a community benefit but past attempts failed. The cost is high. The alternative is to encourage everyone to share it on social media which is what we are concentrating on.
DVA is the main problem faced by service personnel. Read Hansard and you will see that DVA was set up not to support the returned serviceman or woman, but to act as a barrier between them and the Federal Government, to protect the Government from the financial impact of carrying out their responsibility to those members requiring assistance.