Attention all former Australian Defence Force (ADF) persons.
Have you had any dealings with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for Service or Disability Entitlements?
The DVA is commencing the process of issuing revised Gold, White and Orange treatment cards in an effort to make it easier for people to recognise and respect the contribution that you have made to Australia and for our Veterans to connect with the broader community.
People who are already on DVA’s register will automatically receive their new cards within the next couple of months, together with a copy of the new Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant.
Importantly, the White Card will also be issued to former ADF members who have not had any dealings with DVA, if they apply through DVA by creating a ‘MYSERVICE’ Account. A Veteran Card will entitle the holder to treatment for mental health issues, should they arise, under the recent Non Liability Health Care scheme, as well as treatment for DVA accepted disabilities.
An ‘ADF Veteran’ is considered to be any person who completed one day of continuous full-time service in any Branch of the ADF.
For further information about the Veteran card or other entitlements, contact our Veteran Support Office at Bull Creek on (08) 9311 4235, firstname.lastname@example.org or RAAFA’s Meadow Springs Veteran Support Office (08) 9582 5326, email@example.com.
Please pass this information onto anyone who has served, but may not have had dealings with DVA in the past.
Remember: if you don’t ask you don’t get!
By Graeme Bland