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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 12 December 2014
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VETERAN SUPPORT CONTINUES OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

With the Christmas and New Year period fast approaching it is important we all bear in mind those who may be doing it tough over this holiday period and those who are in need of extra support.

I encourage all those who have relatives or friends who may be alone this Christmas to use this time by giving them a call, dropping by for a visit to see how they are going, or even including them in your Christmas or New Year festivities.

Please be aware all DVA offices, including all Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) and Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices will close at close of business on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 and will reopen on Friday, 2 January 2015.

While the offices may be closed, veterans and their families can continue to access many of the key DVA services by:

  • phoning the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) on 1800 011 046 for 24-hour counselling support;
  • visiting DVA’s At Ease mental health portal www.at-ease.dva.gov.au; and
  • logging in to MyAccount through www.dva.gov.au to manage transport bookings and other services. 

It is also important to note that the last pension payday of the calendar year has been brought forward to Monday, 22 December 2014 to allow payments to be received prior to the Christmas Day public holiday.  All other pension pay dates will remain the same.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to reflect upon all our accomplishments we have achieved and welcome the exciting challenges a new year brings us, which will include the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in 2015.

On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all veterans and their families a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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