“A Voice for the Men Australia Forgot”
Nasho Information Page
DVA now recognises any person who served one or more days in the Australian Defence Forces as a Veteran. So, if you were a 1965-72 Nasho, you are a veteran.
Service, Medical, Dental & Psyche Records
We encourage all members to obtain all their records from the Department of Defence. Ring them on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362). Once you get your records check them carefully, especially your medical records. If you feel something is missing, you shou should report this to Dept Defence and ask them to have them amended. This could be important if you need to make a claim, further down the track.
DVA White Card – Now Known as the Veteran White Card
We strongly recommend you register for the White Card, if you do not have one. Once you have it, you have a DVA file number and in the DVA system.
The White Card is available to any person who served one day of CONTINUOUS FULL TIME SERVICE in the Australian Defence Forces. Regrettably, this does not include men who did their national service by service in the CMF. This is a matter of considerable irritation to us, and Nasho Fair Go is lobbying the federal government to have this deplorable situation rectified.
The main benefit the White Card provides is unlimited mental health care from a qualified psychologist if you need it. It can also provide you with treatment for twenty common ailments under the (Previously Approved Medical Treatments – PAMT), trial being currently run. Click here for more information: Nasho Fair Go – Treatment for 20 Common Conditions – Claim Form.msg
It is well worth pulling your White Card out at your doctor, dentist, physio, podiatrist etc. appointments, as well. Some will give you serious discounts if you do. It also comes with a $6-80 fortnightly pension, providing you are not on a Centre Link pension.
You can apply for the White Card on the phone on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or go to https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/contact-us Please let us know if there are any problems.
If you think you have any ailment related to your service, pr you have one of the 20 ailments listed, you should lodge a claim with the DVA Form D2020 attached, above.
You can lodge the claim yourself, once you have a written diagnosis from your doctor, but if you are not confident to do this, you should discuss your case with an advocate. To find an advocate near you, contact your local RSL Club, or go to www.advocateregister.org.au
Have you got your Medals? Every 1966-72 Nasho is entitled to the Anniversary of National Service Medal. If you served full time and completed your full term of service, you are also eligible for the Australian Defence Medal. If you served more than 30 days in PNG or Malaya, you should also be eligible for the Australian Service Medal.
If you haven’t applied for yours yet, call 1800 333 362 or click on this link:
Mental Health Care
If you feel you need mental health care, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046. You are entitled to free, confidential help from them.
If you fulfilled your national service obligation by way of CMF, you will have gathered that you have been given the rough end of the pineapple. No White Card, No Open Arms, no Australian Defence Medal. We feel your anger at this. Nasho Fair Go is lobbying the government, constantly, to rectify these wrongs. We are here for all Nashos, no matter how they completed their service.