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Nation’s first face-to-face program for veterans in isolation launched in Brisbane

COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced Brisbane archdiocese’s Veteran Care Association to put on hold its successful rehabilitation program, Timor Awakening, in the former conflict zone of East Timor. But rather than drop a program helping to improve the health and wellbeing of hundreds of veteran and their families from across Australia, the association’s leaders have set out on a new ... Read More »

Veteran suicide royal commission unwarranted, former officer says

THE Federal Government is considering ordering a royal commission into veteran suicides, but high-ranking returned officer Kel Ryan says the proposal would be unwarranted and costly. Lt Col Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran and parishioner from Goodna, has been involved in veteran issues for more than 30 years, and said during the last two decades there have been many studies ... Read More »

Student military veterans finding post-service career paths thanks to new entry pathway at ACU

FORMING post-service career paths is at the forefront of Australian Catholic University Brisbane Campus’ new entry pathway scheme for student military veterans launched last week.  In an Australian first, the new pathway scheme will make ACU the first Australian university to offer consistent entry requirements for veterans, regardless of state of residence and study. The pathway scheme fits into the ... Read More »

Veterans who served in East Timor set up scholarship for unemployed Timorese youth

Young Timorese trainee chefs

AUSTRALIAN military veterans who served in East Timor have set up a scholarship program offering vocational training for unemployed Timorese youth. Described as a “debt of honour”, because of a close wartime bond between Australia and East Timor, the scholarship is the initiative of the Veteran’s Care Association, which provides holistic care of body, mind and soul for Australia veterans, ... 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 »

Timor Leste veteran returns to confront his past

Timor Leste troops

VETERAN Nick Hodge admitted feeling trepidation as he prepared to return to Timor Leste. “(It’s) going back to places that weren’t that nice. I’ve been up and down, gone off the rails, but it’s something I want to do,” he said. Mr Hodge, a veteran of multiple deployments with both the army and the Australian Federal Police, is one of ... Read More »

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