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Army July 5, 2012
16 Support program a
big step forward
THE Directorate of Indigenous Affairs has invited
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Defence mem-
bers to a conference at HMAS Harman in Canberra
from August 14-16. The Defence Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Network Conference is an opportunity
for Indigenous ADF members and Defence public
servants to network and gain an understanding of the
opportunities available within the organisation. The
conference is regarded as part of official duties and
all travel, accommodation and meals will be covered.
Expression of interest forms are available on the
DRN public drive at P:\AllPublicFolders\DRNGlobal\
THIS year is the 45th anniversary of the raising of
9RAR. Those who saw active service in the South
Vietnam from November 1968 to December 1969
are invited to celebrate with company reunions on
November 9. On November 10 there will be a shop-
ping bus trip for partners before the battalion dinner
at Darling Harbour. On November 11 there will be a
commemorative service at Sydney War Memorial and
the "Pool of Reflection" at Hyde Park with free buses
to Victoria Barracks for lunch, drinks and tours of the
facilities and museum. On November 12 there will be
a harbour cruise with luncheon.
See http://9RAR.org.au for more details.
Trekking for Timor
HAVING raised more than $60,000 in the past, Trek
For Timor is hoping Defence members will help push
the fund-raising bar over the $100,000 mark this year.
Trekking through the breathtaking scenery in the Blue
Mountains over 5km, 13km, 25km or 45km will help
to boost educational projects in the sub-district of
Hatobuilico. Trek has lent a helping hand to an adult
learning centre and two schools, provided student
scholarships, renovated a community resource centre
and supported a local language project. Soldiers are
encouraged to get together and enter a team or vol-
unteer to assist on the day in marshalling the event.
Organisers are also looking for sponsorship. For more
information on the event or projects or to register, go
I AM the father and next of kin of a serving sol-
dier, MP WO2 Mary-Anne Holland.
Mary-Anne is categorised as member with
dependants as a single parent of a six-year-old.
She is currently posted to Defence Command
Support Training Centre at Simpson Barracks in
I would like to take this opportunity to say
thank you, as a parent and next of kin of a serv-
ing soldier, for implementing the Support for
Wounded, Injured and Ill Program (SWIIP) into
Recently, my daughter had surgery and, as
a result, was unable to care for herself and her
dependant and I flew interstate to provide the
required care to my daughter and grandson.
My daughter applied through her supervisor,
Lt-Col Debbie Warren-Smith, to be reimbursed the
costs associated with my payment.
Approval was granted and a discretionary pay-
ment was given to my daughter to cover the total
cost of my travel.
It is great to know that the Army is supporting
soldiers in need.
My only concern is that my daughter has
informed me that SWIIP is only new to the Army
and awareness of this program among soldiers is
Is there a possible that the information on
SWIIP be promulgated to the next of kin of the
Col Len Brennan, Director Army Health, responds:
THANK you for your positive feedback on the
Army SWIIP initiatives.
Army has promoted its programs to support our
wounded, injured and ill through multiple medias
including a centrepiece spread in Army (April 26).
The support measures for complex cases are tai-
lored to the individual's specific circumstances and
needs rather than a broader "entitlement".
For this reason our focus has been on ensuring
that unit welfare officers supported by military sup-
port coordinators are fully aware of support options
and can bring the support required for soldiers
and their families.
Support available: The Army Support to Wounded Injured and Ill Program
provides a range of facilities, services and entitlements for soldiers recovering from
injuries sustained on or off duty.
File photo by LS Paul Berry
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