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VETERAN SUPPORT

ALLIANCE OF VETERAN SERVICE ORGANISATIONS

The ASASA is a founding member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO). ADSO is the voice in the fight for a FAIR GO for Australian Defence Personnel, Veterans & Families.

VETERAN & FAMILY ISSUES

The ASASA is here to assist SAS veterans with DVA entitlements and family support. Through the state branch leadership, you can be put in touch with advocates and other supports familiar with complex DVA cases.

 

In WA we provide a team of SAS experience volunteer advocates who can assist with your claim. In other states Branch Secretaries can put you in touch with an SAS experienced advocate.

 

Don’t get bogged down and frustrated with your DVA claim; reach out for support.

Ex Service Organisations Round Table (ESORT)

The National Chairman of the ASASA represents SAS veterans on the Ex Service Organisations Round Table (ESORT) a federal government forum Chaired by the Secretary of DVA  which aims to address issues of strategic importance to the ex-service and defence communities and assist in setting directions for the medium to long term.

 

ESORT engages with the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) and the Repatriation Coimmisiion , DVA and other ESO’s. ESORT provides advice to government, guides strategic directions in the Veterans Affairs Portfolio and is the main body foe r consultation under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 on laws applying to veterans.

Operational Working Party  (OWP)

The Operational Working Party (OWP) is a second tier consultative forum designed to enhance the ex-service communities understanding of DVA’s service delivery performance through information sharing.

 

The OWP is a key forum for ex-service organisations to discuss concerns arising from the delivery of DVA services and it identifies and provides recommendations for improvement in operational policy to promote quality and accountability in service delivery. The ASASA representative on the OWP is SAS veteran and advocate Michael Carlon.

Younger Veterans Forum (YVF)

The Younger Veterans – Contemporary needs Forum is intended to assist in identifying priority emerging issues across the age spectrum for in the areas of mental health and social health.

 

The YVF  assists in identifying emerging issues for veterans families and support networks and looks at trends across veteran cohorts and geography to raise awareness with DVA and subject matter experts. The ASASA representative on the YVF is SAS Veteran and advocate Nick Russon.

Your DVA Claim

ASASA encourages all members to talk with an ATDP accredited advocate prior to submitting any claims.  If you wish to submit your own claims, we still recommend a consultation as an ATDP accredited advocate can provide advice about what DVA demands regarding evidence, to support a successful claim.

 

Even a simple hearing and tinnitus claim can be held up for several months if appropriate documentation is not submitted with the claim.

 

Advocates:

An ATDP advocate will not charge you any fees.  All consultations are free. Across Australia there are volunteer and paid advocates working in RSLs and other ESOs.  We have John Burrows and the Team in Swanbourne, Nick Russon in Broome and Michael Carlon in Portarlington.  An ATDP advocate has been accredited by DVA and has undergone extensive training.  

 

An advocate will take time to talk with you, to listen, to understand what you want and need, and to ensure that claims are properly supported with appropriate documentation, prior to submission.

 

A good advocate will develop, with you, a plan on how you can obtain the best results.

Advocacy MATTERS

Our Advocacy representatives across Australia do their best to update you on the latest news and stories from DVA. Vetaffairs is DVA's official newspaper for Australia's veteran community published three times a year.

 

Advocates are John Burrows and the Team in Swanbourne, Nick Russon in Broome and Michael Carlon in Portarlington.  An ATDP advocate has been accredited by DVA and has undergone extensive training.  

 

Our Advocates will take time to talk with you, listen, do their best to understand what you need, and to ensure that claims are properly supported with appropriate documentation, prior to submission.

 

We do our best to stay up to date and transparent in order to bring you the latest nes and updates from DVA and other sources.

ADVoCaCY NEWS & UPDATES

Further help

Well-being advocates and processes are also an essential part of veteran welfare. 

 

Wellbeing advocates and teams can direct veterans to benefits and services that are available to support veterans and their families, both as they transition and in times of need post transition. A wellbeing advocate can provide hands on assistance and guidance in areas such as:

 

  • Child scholarships

  • Employment assistance

  • Crisis assistance

  • Housing assistance

  • Information on community services and aged care

USEFUL LINKS & DOCUMENTS
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