After reading 6000 Veterans Commit Suicide Last Year
thread it baffled me as to how in
this day and age this could possibly happen, especially in a country full of young strong minded people, a country that relies on its defence force
and its people.
I have never taken my country Australia for granted and I have I have always known it is the lucky country and it certainly is.
We not only look after our own but we stretch out our hand to those who need it, and we do it with love for all humankind.
We look after our mates and we have a lot of mates, they live in many different countries and live many different lifestyles, and this shows highly
within our defence force.
Australian Defence Force engineers and craftsmen and women are proud to be put to work in helping others.
Australian diggers will battle through blood and mud to protect those who are defenceless.
They purify drinking water they build houses and build play structures, supply bedding, The Australian Defence Force travel and tread great distances
far and wide giving out provisions, they love all of the children, teaching them skills and preparing them to take care of their own communities and
country’s for the future.
Australia knows how precious its Defence Force members and their families are , the wives the husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts and
uncles. It is those people that help hold the nation together, and we applaud them by taking care of them.
I’m not saying we don’t have problems, and I’m not saying we have no suicides. But I do know we have people working long and hard in trying to
help in these matters and who care about what is happening within the ADF Australian Defence Force.
The Army, The Navy , The Air Force combined make The Australian Defence Force, I feel the best in the world in taking care of its members.
: Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased veterans.
Defence housing Australia
: Defence Housing Australia (DHA) was established in 1988 to provide housing for members
of the Australian Defence Force and their families.
Last week local member for Corangamite, Mr Darren Cheeseman MP,
officially opened eight Defence houses in Point Lonsdale.
Defence Families Australia
: Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is a group formed to represent the views of
Defence families. Its aim is to improve the quality of life for Defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views and by reporting,
making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families. ADF families can contact DFA to represent them regarding an individual
situation or to advocate an issue concerning many families.
Chief of Air Force, AVM Mark Binskin addresses DFA in February 2010
Defence family matters
: defence family matters (dfm) is tri-annual (sent around April, August, and
December) news magazine sent to all permanent ADF personnel or those on Continuous Fulltime Service who have one or more dependants. It is also sent
to Defence personnel, or their families, who have taken up the offer of a free subscription. In all, including personnel based overseas, and some
reservists, dfm goes to around 30,000 homes and another 5,000 issues go to establishments and bases
Defence Special Needs Support group
: Helping Defence Family’s with special needs.
In late 1993 a small group of families, each caring for someone with special needs came together to form the Defence Special Needs Support Group.
During 1994, this small group spread its wings across Australia and now some15 years later continues to provide support, information and assistance to
Defence Families with Special Needs
ADF Family Health :
: The ADF Family Health Trial is one way the Government is supporting Defence families as they support our Defence men and women
: The Defence Service Workforce Access Program for Partners (SWAPP SELECT) provides services
and initiatives to assist partners of ADF members in Australia to become job ready and access the workforce in their new posting localities.
In other words they help spouses find a job
: Regional Education Liaison Officers are professionally trained teachers who
understand both the different State and Territory education systems and the Defence lifestyle. They can advise Defence families and children on
education issues, particularly related to relocating. REDLOs can assist with changing schools between the various State and Territory primary,
secondary and tertiary education systems. they provide the key link for families to access the type of support that meets the needs of their
particular child. REDLOs are also linked to schools and education systems, working to raise the issues that affect Defence families and ensure that
equity of educational opportunity is available to all mobile Defence children
Emergency Support for Family’s Scheme
: The Emergency Support for Families Scheme (ESFS) has been
developed to provide short term assistance to an ADF member’s dependants in an emergency situation where the member is absent from the dependants
location for Service reasons
The scheme is designed to provide confidence to the serving member and their dependants that if an emergency occurs in the member’s absence, their
dependants will be supported appropriately
Department of Veterans Affairs
: Our mission is to support those who serve or have served in defence
of our nation and commemorate their service