A message from Veterans’ Affairs for members on War Disablement Pension
Effective from 30 June 2015 veterans will not need to transfer from their War Disablement Pension to the Disablement Pension to be able to access new or extra support services.
Under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, these services are referred to as “rehabilitation services”. They are aimed at helping veterans to recover from injury or illness and achieve the level of independence appropriate for each veteran.
The services include such things as:
• Aids and appliances (e.g. hearing aids and glasses)
• Home Help (short-term home help with domestic activities such as cleaning and grocery shopping)
• Modifications to the home (e.g. ramps, level access shower)
• Training for Independence (coaching a veteran to adapt to their injury or illness and regain as much independence as possible)
• Transport for Independence (e.g. adapting a veteran’s vehicle for a wheelchair hoist)
A number of veterans raised concerns to Veterans’ Affairs about the requirement to transfer from a War Disablement Pension to the Disablement Pension in order to access new or extra support services.
In response, Veterans’ Affairs has reviewed the Veterans’ Support Act and decided that access to such services can be administered in a similar manner as access to treatment.