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Australian Veterans’ Recognition Card

Today I setup my computer ready to help older veterans to apply for their “Veteran Card and Pin”. Well I must say it wasn’t easy, especially with so many not having email accounts that are needed to connect with both MyGov and MyService.

I am at the younger end of the group and feel I am fairly computer savy, but I must say trying to cross all the i’s & t’s, it was very time consuming. I understand that many veterans have gone to Centerlink to have the process done. Doing my own was fairly straight forward as I already had both accounts setup.

I must say that the DVA MyService site is a “trial BETA site” that has very basic information available. I must question as to why they would run a trial Beta site without having the original main site still running.

If any of you are making application, make sure you have,  a) access to a scanner, because you have to scan and attach some documents. b) all documents from medicare card, drivers licence, either Certificate of Service or Discharge paper, Naturalization papers if recently naturalized, passport, service number and the list goes on. You will also need both, an Email address to receive an activation code, for both MyGov & MyService, a mobile phone to receive SMS codes to be entered during the process.

I don’t know how you will go, but I do know this, you will need plenty of patience and hopefully family that can help you out.

Time from submitting your information and receiving your card can take some time as DVA have too check all your documentation is correct and above board. It may take a few weeks before you hear, I do know of some who have received their cards. The pins I understand will be out a little latter.

Please let me know via the contact page as to how you got on and how you wen’t about the process. This information may be of benefit to others.

“why make it simple when you can make it hard” quote by unknown author

All the best for now and I will as information comes in, forward it on within these pages.

Link to Card information

Federal Government Legislation – Card – Pin

 

Reconciliation Week — walking together with courage

Media releases


The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Reconciliation Week — walking together with courage

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester says the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is continuing to improve its record as an employer of indigenous Australians.

“As our nation commemorates Reconciliation Week, it’s important to recognise the roles our indigenous people continue to fulfil within the ADF,” Mr Chester said.

“As at 1 May 2019, 2.8 per cent of the permanent ADF identify as Indigenous, which is above the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan goal of 2.7 per cent representation.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women have served to all areas of our defence forces and this week we honour their service and sacrifice.”

Since the Boer War, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people have walked together with courage while serving in defence of our nation.

“Sadly, more than 100 years ago Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were not given equal recognition as British subjects, yet in the armed services they were treated as equals with all who shared their rank,” Mr Chester said.

“During the First World War, Aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders were not permitted to enlist until late 1917 when rules were changed to allow those with one European parent to do so. However, throughout the war some recruiting officers turned a blind eye and allowed indigenous Australians to enlist.

“It was during these early times, Australians of European background and Indigenous Australians in the Australian Imperial Force developed a mutual respect that was less evident in civilian life. In many cases this respect lasted into the post-war years.

“Between the First and Second World Wars there was increasing recognition of the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people could play in the defence of Australia, specifically their intimate knowledge of the land, coastline and waters of northern Australia.

“It is important to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of current and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defence personnel and their valuable contribution in wars, conflicts, peace keeping operations and on the home front.”

For more information visit Indigenous Australians at war on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ website or Indigenous Service on the Anzac Portal website.

– Australian Women at War –

Women during wartime carried out many varied duties all adding to the war effort. The area we hear about most is the women who served both in Australia and many other countries such as Greece on the island of Lemnos tending the soldiers suffering from shell shock, and other war wounds.

You would also find them ferrying vehicles to the front line, working in munition factories etc; women filled the role of the men, who had gone of to fight, learning new skills in the many factories now without a workforce.

The link above gives an insight into the role women played.