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Catholic chaplain questions effectiveness of government program aimed at giving military veterans jobs

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THE effectiveness of a new government program pitched at encouraging businesses to employ former defence force personnel has been questioned by a Catholic chaplain. Last month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the Veterans’ Employment Initiative, which would automatically give military veterans a job interview, if they have the right skills, training and experience. However, Catholic chaplain to the ex-services community ... Read More »

Veterans’ Care Association is caring for families in crisis

Veterans' Care Association

DEACON Gary Stone and his team from Veterans’ Care Association work around a lounge room table, in a Kelvin Grove house that doubles as an office and a drop-in centre. Deacon Stone is chaplain to the veteran and ex-services community, and since VCA was set up 18 months ago, there’s been a rapidly growing demand for their services, which include ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

New veterans’ rehabilitation program in Timor to combat “health crisis” and increased suicide rates with spirituality

Timor Awakening

HUNDREDS of Australian veterans are expected to travel to Timor Leste as part of a unique rehabilitation program with spirituality at its core. The 12-month program, called Timor Awakening, is taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate. RSL Queensland has sponsored the program, which will provide holistic health care for ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

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IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

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