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The discussion document seeks views about how the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 is working, what could be improved, and what needs to be changed.

Consultation on Veterans’ Support Act Underway

Veterans Affairs has released a discussion document as part of the sweeping changes to how support is delivered to former service personnel in New Zealand.

RSA National President BJ Clark urged those who have served, as well as those who have been involved with caring for service personnel, to get involved with this process, to stay informed and provide feedback whenever they can.

“We’ve got to get this right – the VSA14 review offers our best chance for getting much needed support from the Government for those who have been affected by service to our country.

“This may change legislation written in 2014. The situations, challenges and dangers our service personnel face are constantly changing – so the policies to look after our people when they come home need to cater to the diverse and shifting requirements,” Mr Clark said. 

Those involved in the review are scheduled to travel around NZ, to hold a series of meetings to discuss the amendments to the Act. They will be using RSA Clubs, clubrooms and other venues to conduct face-to-face consultations.

The Review is a legal requirement under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 and is being independently led by Professor Ron Paterson.  The Review is expected to be completed, and a report provided to the Chief of Defence Force, by the end of 2017.

The discussion document seeks views about how the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 is working, what could be improved, and what needs to be changed.

“I have released this discussion document early in the Review process, to give people as much time as possible to think about how the Veterans’ Support Act is working for them”, says Professor Paterson.

Submissions on the discussion document are due by 15 September 2017.  Consultation meetings will be held in Whāngārei, Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill in August and September.  Information about the independent review, consultation process and discussion document can be found on the New Zealand Defence Force website:

“I’m looking forward to meeting as many veterans and their families as possible at the consultation meetings.  They have served our country and the Veterans’ Support Act is there to provide the support and rehabilitation they need as a result of their service”, says Professor Paterson. 

“We don’t often get the opportunity, so soon after new legislation comes into effect, to independently review how it is working”. 

“I encourage everyone who has an interest to take this opportunity to have their say”. 

View where and when the meetings are taking place here.

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