DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 – 2017

Comment
“In a budget that was mostly positive for veterans, ADSO welcomes the extension of eligibility for non-liability health care, including Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling support, to all current and former ADF members for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse.
The partnering with the Kookaburra Kids Foundation to develop a pilot for children of families of serving and former ADF members affected by mental illnesses is a good initiative which we welcome.
The move to review the culture and processes of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to become less process focussed and more veterans centric has our strong support. 
We remain disappointed that no provision has been provided to rectify the many discriminatory provisions of existing military superannuation schemes, nor action to stop the erosion of the value of veterans’ disability pensions.”

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