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Commando News Aug16

AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO

AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO ASSOCIATION (NSW) INC. EVENTS CALENDAR FOR 2016 OCTOBER 15th (Sat) NOVEMBER 11th (Tuesday) NOVEMBER 12th (Sat) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF ASSOCIATION To be held at HMAS Penguin 1030 hours - Subject to security approval REMEMBRANCE DAY AT DARLING HARBOUR SERVICE HELD AT THE “KRAIT” Service starts 1030 hours ASSOCIATION XMAS DINNER CARNARVON GOLF CLUB Families always welcome 1830 hours for 1900 hours Please direct your enquiries to our Secretary, Kevin Mahony Home (02) 9644 8794 or mobile 0425 279 111 or Email kevin.mahony1@bigpond.com Apply for your wholesale account to get exclusive ADF pricing rates. How to get your wholesale account approved: 1. Create your account via our online store by clicking on the create account tab 2. Select wholesale as the account type from the displayed drop down box 3. Company name = ADF 4. ABN = ADF2016 5. Your account will be approved within 24hrs from receiving your request. 4 COMMANDO NEWS ~ Edition 8 I August 2016

NSW Welfare Officer’s Report WELFARE OFFICERʼS AIM: To provide physical, mental, social support for members and their families. “THE FUTURE OF ASSISTING VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS” FORUM: This was held in February, at the Dee Why RSL Club. Kevin Mahony & I attended, along with about 80 delegates from a wide range of Defence organisations. Here is some of the information and organisations’ details, which may be helpful for the Association’s members. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS: DVA is undergoing, a lot of changes, which should be completed by the end of 2016. GPO Box 9998, in capital city. Ph: 133 254 or 1800 555 254. Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au www.dva or www.dva factsheet index DEFINITION OF A VETERAN: This has changed recently from, a member of Australia’s Defence Force who has served overseas. The new definition of a veteran is:- anyone who has been a member of ADF, including reservists, civilians and cadets, irrespective of whether they have served overseas or not. Advise your doctors of this change, as they may not be aware of this. CLAIMS: Veterans and their dependants, MAY BE eligible to claim compensation for any medical condition related to their service. The entitlements available depend on the legislation applicable at the time of service. This now includes all skin complaints, such as melanomas, skin cancers and rashes, etc; tinnitus, loss of hearing & hearing aids etc: even if they appear, or are needed after discharge, irrespective of whenever the veterans served. Many veterans suffer from hearing loss because of weapon firing. Also, many veterans should be eligible to at least, a DVA White Card. Contact the DVA if you think this applies to you. UPDATE ON JIM WOOD ex 1 Commando Company Dear Barry, Michael Wood has asked me to contact you re a notice you are planning to include about Jim in the Commando Magazine. Please note that Jim does not have Leukaemia. You might like to use the following information: “In March, Jim was diagnosed with Angio Sarcoma, a rare, inoperable cancer. After nine rounds of chemotherapy he was admitted to the PeterMac Hospital in Melbourne. Whilst there he was further diagnosed with a lung condition, and is now in the Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital, but hopes to return home in a couple of weeks. The cancer is being held at bay for the time being.” Sincerely, Colleen Wood VETERAN SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS & GROUPS These centres may provide legal and health advice, home modifications, hospital visitations, peer support, transportation, recreational groups, appliances, finan - cial support, funeral assistance, housing, career tran - sitioning into civilian jobs etc, for veterans and their dependants. I’ll just mention some of them, which may be helpful for Association members, their families and others. (Google the “www” references); 1. Most RSL Sub-Branches have Welfare & Pension Officers who may be able to assist you. Some provide funeral benefits to their members. www.rslnsw.org.au 2. Defence Care, ANZAC House, 245 Castlereagh St. Sydney. Ph 02 8088 0388. www.defencecare.org.au 3. Sydney Northern Beaches Veterans’ Centre, RSL Club, 932 Pittwater Rd., Dee Why. Ph: 02 9454 4015. www.vcnb.org.au 4. East Sydney Veterans’ Centre, RSL Club, 18 Spring St., Bondi Junction. Ph: 02 9389 7245. 5. Veterans’ Advocacy Service Legal Aid NSW, 323 Castlereagh St. Haymarket. Ph: 02 9219 5148. 6. Soldier On Australia. In all states. www.soldier.on.australia 7. ADF Centre for Mental Health. HMAS Penguin, Middlehead Rd. Mosman. Ph: 02 9647 5654. 8. Veteran's Health – by Dr Ron Bain. www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/march/ (change “2016/march” for future and past editions). 9. Women’s Veterans Network Australia. Ph: 0403 847 604. E: pennielooker@ bigpond.com. www.wvna.org 10. NJF Wellness Centres are in all states and provide gyms and swimming pools for; exercise physiology, occupational therapy, dietetic and physiotherapy services etc. If you, your partner or carer have a doctor’s certificate you MAY BE covered by DVA, Medicare or your private health fund. Ph: 1300 890 507; E: sebtodman@gmail.com or www njfwellness.com.au 11. www.veterans centre or www.veterans counselling services. There is a page of contacts for both of these. Contact me if you require further information or wish to talk to me in confidence. Also, I would like some feedback on these organi - sations. Keep "Striking Swiftly" - perhaps not as swiftly as we used to - ay!! Brian Dunbar NSW Welfare Officer Australian Commando Association (NSW) Ph: 02 9452 2589 E: dunbar33@bigpond.com COMMANDO NEWS ~ Edition 8 I August 2016 5

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