Families of soldiers who died in Vietnam war offered help to bring them home | Australia news. Families of 25 Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam war and buried in Malaysia and Singapore have been given the opportunity to bring them home at government expense. The federal government has offered to foot the bill for repatriating 24 soldiers buried in the Terendak cemetery in Malaysia, prime minister Tony Abbott announced on Monday. The offer also extends to the family of one other soldier buried in Singapore. “We can never restore those who have died in the service of our country but we can and we should offer solace and support to the families left behind,” Abbott told parliament. If the families agree, the soldiers will return to Australia with full military honours and be reburied in a cemetery of their choosing. While Australian soldiers killed in both world wars and in Korea were buried close to where they fell, the government’s policy changed soon after the conflict began in Vietnam.
Returned and Services League of Australia. The Returned and Services League, Australia (RSL) is a support organisation for men and women who have served or are serving in the Defence Force. Mission The RSL's mission is to ensure that programs are in place for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependents; and promote Government and community awareness of the need for a secure, stable and progressive Australia.
History In 1940, the name of the League changed to the Returned Sailors' Soldiers' and Airmens Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA), and a subsequent change of name took effect in 1965, as the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL). Two more name changes occurred, in 1983 to Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) and in 1990 to Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL). The objects of the League remain relatively unchanged from its first incorporation.
RSL badge symbolism Influence RSL Care £450m Libor fines given to military-related charities and schemes | Business. Thousands of troops lined the streets of London for the funeral of the Queen Mother in April 2002. Each was immaculately turned out, dressed in regimental uniforms that had been hastily spruced up by a team of military tailors. Among those tailors was Terry Whitelaw, then halfway through a 22-year stint in the army that also took him to Northern Ireland and Germany. He is now 43, his military service is over and he is looking for new job – with help from a mentoring service paid for by the vast fines imposed on major UK banks for rigging the Libor rate.
Whitelaw is one of 50 former service personnel who are receiving or have received mentoring from military charity SSafa , which supports Forces personnel and their families and has been able to triple its number of mentors to 120 after receiving more than £2m from financial penalties levied on banks including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland. She said: “The military environment is all-encompassing. The Libor fines levied have been: The Japanese-Peruvians interned in the US during WW2. 21 February 2015Last updated at 20:10 ET By Jaime Gonzalez BBC Mundo, Los Angeles Blanca Katsura and her family were among 1,800 Japanese-Peruvians to be interned in the US (photo courtesy of Blanca Katsura) Blanca Katsura will never forget the night of 6 January 1943.
She was 12 at the time and living with her parents and two siblings in northern Peru. On that night, two officials came to their home and took away her father. Mr Katsura, who owned a small general store, was arrested because he was part of Peru's prosperous Japanese community. "My father told them he hadn't done anything wrong, but they didn't listen to him," she recalls. Latin American draw Japanese people began migrating to Peru in considerable numbers at the end of the 19th Century, drawn by opportunities to work in the mines and on sugar plantations.
By the 1940s, an estimated 25,000 people of Japanese descent lived in Peru. Deported Many Japanese-Latin Americans were taken to a camp in the Panama Canal Zone first. Maralinga. Landscape of Maralinga site Maralinga in the remote western areas of South Australia was the home of the Maralinga Tjarutja, a southern Pitjantjatjara Indigenous Australian people.
Maralinga was the site of the secret British nuclear tests in the 1950s. The site measures about 3,300 km² in area. In January 1985, the Maralinga Tjarutja native title land was handed back to the Maralinga people under the Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act, 1984 passed by both houses of the South Australian Parliament in December 1984 and proclaimed in January 1987. In 2003 South Australian Premier Mike Rann and Education Minister Trish White opened a new school at Oak Valley replacing what had been described as the "worst school in Australia". In May 2004, following the passage of special legislation, Premier Rann handed back title to 21,000 square kilometres of land to the Maralinga Tjarutja and Pila Nguru people. WikiMiniAtlas The population is generally around 23–50. Nuclear tests and cleanup
Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association. The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, often referred to as the Returned Services' Association but best known simply as the RSA, is one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the oldest ex-service organisations in the world. Wounded soldiers returning from the Gallipoli Campaign founded the organisation in 1916, and it received royal patronage in 1920.
The RNZRSA celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006, in recognition the New Zealand Government declared 2006 the 'Year of the Veteran'. The Flanders poppy distributed by the RSA throughout New Zealand for Anzac Day activities and other days of remembrance. The RSA's commitment to veterans' welfare is embodied in Poppy Day when red poppies are exchanged for donations to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to raise funds for the welfare of all veterans and in remembrance of New Zealand's war dead. Remembrance plays a special part in the life of the RSA. See also References United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is the United States government’s second largest department, after the United States Department of Defense. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors.
In 2012, the proposed budget for Veterans Affairs was $132 billion.  The VA 2014 Budget request for 2014 is $152.7 billion. This includes $66.5 billion in discretionary resources and $86.1 billion in mandatory funding. The discretionary budget request represents an increase of $2.7 billion, or 4.3 percent, over the 2013 enacted level. It is administered by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. History Functions Of The Organization Benefits Legacy Australia. Legacy Australia, Wagga Wagga Branch Volunteer members are called "Legatees" because they accept the 'legacy of care' for their comrades' families; this title has continued to the present day. Some 7,000 legatees assist more than 122,000 widows and 1,700 children (referred to by Legacy as "Junior Legatees") and disabled dependents across Australia providing assistance, accommodation, medical and social support. Legacy's assistance depends on the individual situation of the person supported.
With the help of Legatees, who stay in touch with all families, Legacy ensures families receive their Legacy entitlements and access to government benefits. As well as financial help, Legacy provides companionship and assistance with the education of children. A road tunnel under construction in Brisbane is named Legacy Way in honour of the men and women serving in the Australian Defence Force. References Further reading Legacy: The First Fifty Years - Lyons, Mark. External links Penguin feels the burn to raise funds | Navy Daily.
Eleven trainee divers from HMAS Penguin took part in the annual Balmoral Burn foot race in Sydney last Sunday. The event, a gruelling 420m sprint up a 30 per cent incline, attracts over 6000 participants each year and raises much needed funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Finishing with a respectable time of 2:21, Seaman King, a member of the Basic Clearance Diving Course 82 at Penguin, said he was happy with his teams result.
“In true Navy style, we ran the race as a team and with a berthing hawser,” Seaman King said. “It’s not an easy run and we didn’t make it any easier with the hawser, but we reckon we did a pretty good time.” “We run Awaba St, where the race is staged, a fair bit with our training so it was good to be able to run it today as a bit of fun.” Seaman King admits it’s not all about the result and said he was happy to be there to support a worthwhile cause. “It is always nice to be able to interact with the local community and support a meaningful cause,” Seaman King said. Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australia)
The Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs is a department of the Government of Australia, established in 1976, and charged with the responsibility of delivering government programs for war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force, members of the Australian Federal Police and their dependants. The functions of the department are broadly classified into the following matters: Repatriation income support, compensation and health program for veterans, members of the Defence Force, certain mariners and their dependantsCommemorations, including promotion of understanding of Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans' DayWar gravesDefence Service Homes In carrying out its functions, the department administers the following agencies: The Department of Veterans' Affairs is responsible for administration of several key Acts:
Barack Obama cheers 'victory' on 60th anniversary of Korean War armistice. Updated Sun 28 Jul 2013, 10:51am AEST US president Barack Obama has marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, saying the armistice that left a sharp division between the communist north and capitalist south was not a "tie" but a "victory". Mr Obama's remarks are a counterpoint to a ceremony in Pyongyang, where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unveiled a renovated Korean War museum with a US-baiting centrepiece in the form of the spy ship USS Pueblo, captured in 1968. The 1950-53 conflict essentially ended with North and South Korea occupying the same territory they held at the start, but the 1953 armistice is celebrated in the North as Victory Day.
Mr Obama made the same claim for the South Korean-US forces during remarks made at the Korean veterans memorial in Washington. "Here, today, we can say with confidence that war was no tie. The president lamented that US veterans from the Korean War came home to relative indifference. Veterans Agency. Logo of Veterans Agency History The Agency was originally called the War Pensions Agency and was part of the Department of Social Security, moving to the Ministry of Defence after the June 2001 General Election. It merged with the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency in a new Agency (Service Personnel & Veterans Agency) in 2007.
External links Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australia) Veteran. A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning "old") is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field; " A veteran of ... " . This page refers to military veterans, i.e., a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans (although not all military conflicts, or areas in which armed combat takes place, are necessarily referred to as wars).
Public attitude towards veterans Military veterans often receive special treatment in their respective countries due to the sacrifices they made during wars. Many countries have longstanding traditions, ceremonies, and holidays to honour their veterans. In Russia, a tradition was established after World War II where newly married couples would on their wedding day visit a military cemetery. Veterans' experiences around the world Britain The Congo United States A Korean War veteran at Hawaii in July 2001.