Senator Jacqui Lambie updates @AVNHQ on her recent efforts in Townsville to listen to the veteran community and echo the overwhelming support being expressed for a Royal Commission.
Jeb Summers: Out of the Shadows (Part 3)
In Part 3 of this series of interviews with Eamon Hale, Jeb highlights the barriers in place for getting good ideas across to politicians and outlines some community initiatives helping veterans in Sunbury. Jeb also speaks about the need for a royal commission into veterans suicides and what it's like being brushed-off by politicians with the ubiquitous and insincere #TYFYS.
Heston Rusell calls out CDF's failure in leadership as families of the fallen grieve once more
Former Special Forces Major, Heston Russell speaks to @AVNHQ about the trauma to families of fallen soldiers caused by General Angus Campbell's poor handling of the release of Brereton Report. We also discuss the issues of leadership in the ADF and the impact recent events have on Australia's military capability.
Shaun Leane MP updates AVN on the key Victorian Governement initiatives
The Victorian Minister for Veterans, Shaun Leane MP, provided an in-depth update on state government initiatives and outlined his vision of Victoria as a destination state for veterans and their families. Minister Leane was generous with his time and discusses many challenges being faced by Australian veterans, including the problems associated with dealing with DVA. There's much more to be done, and the minister flagged the possibility of Veterans' Summit to bring the community together to find lasting solutions to our most challenging issues.
Veteran suicides: Julie-Ann Finney explains the politics and spin behind Morrison's superficial fix
Julie-Ann Finney tells AVN about her experience of broken promises and being pushed aside by a Prime Minister, as well as dealing with politicians who parrot their well-worn lines when confronted with questions about the deaths of current and former ADF personnel. Support the call for a Royal Commission into Veteran Suicides by visiting Change.org/VetsWeForget.
The RSL's value proposition and where to from here?
An important discussion with Eamon Hale (VP Hawthorn RSL) about the potential for the RSL to once again play a key role in supporting and advocating for veterans and their families. We also focus on the great work being done at the local level by sub-branches such as Hawthorn, plus we discuss the urgent need for a Royal Commission into veteran suicides.