Changes needed to help our veterans

Jeff Heggaton, Stradbroke


I WANT to pass on my congratulations to Gippsland MHR Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel for retaining these important positions within the Morrison government.

Now that the minister has another three years in these roles, I hope that he can bring about changes as to how the Department of Veterans’ Affairs treats its veterans.

Many veterans have been poorly treated and dealt with by this government organisation charged with helping and providing support.

As a veteran who unfortunately has needed help from DVA, I can say firsthand how the attitude shown towards veterans is shameful, very disturbing and unsupportive at times.

The minister has promised changes (Autumn 2019 Vetaffairs newspaper and Gippsland Times 28/5).

Let’s hope that changes can be delivered and attitudes can be changed within DVA, and veterans get the support and understanding they need.

We’ll have to wait and see if DVA can win the hearts and minds of veterans – but I for one will take a lot of convincing.