Distinguished soldier supports veterans

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Stuart Robert today congratulated Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission Major General Craig Orme AM CSC on being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

During his 37-year military career, General Orme’s operational experience included deployments in Malaysia, Iran, Kuwait and US Central Command, as well as in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The DSC acknowledges his distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operations SLIPPER and OKRA from September 2013 to December 2014.

Upon leaving the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a year ago, General Orme joined the Repatriation Commission, which is part of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) portfolio.

“General Orme’s highly impressive career is characterised by his service,” Mr Robert said.

"As an Army officer, he defended the nation. Now—equipped with an understanding and firsthand experience of the issues faced by contemporary veterans—he looks after the interests of others who have served, and their families.”

Mr Robert said General Orme was well placed to play a key role in DVA’s efforts to continuously improve the way the organisation conducts business and interacts with members of the veteran community.

“General Orme is committed to ensuring DVA continues to help veterans and their families lead productive, satisfying lives after they leave the ADF,” Mr Robert said.

"In the past 12 months, General Orme has been heavily involved in work to introduce online claims forms, develop a single dispute resolution pathway for claims, update IT systems and reduce claims processing times.”

The Minister said that approximately six per cent of DVA staff are Reservists or former members of the ADF, so they have personal experience of the needs of clients.

Some of the support and services available through DVA include compensation, rehabilitation, employment assistance programs, innovative online mental health resources, and treatment for a range of conditions.

A high resolution photograph of General Orme is available to download from www.flickr.com/dvaaus.

Media enquiries:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert) 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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