THE Government is doing everything it can to protect our nation from the health and economic impacts of this global health issue, including veterans and their families.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said veterans and their families will benefit from the Government’s commitment of $2.4 billion to bolster the nation’s health system in response to COVID-19 as this situation evolves.

“The health package allows older and at-risk veterans to access some health consultations and assessments remotely, via video or phone where video is not available,” Mr Chester said.

“In the event veterans are in home isolation or from a vulnerable patient group, they will also be able to have their Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions filled online or remotely and have their medication delivered directly to their home.

“This ensures vulnerable veterans can access the health care they need while limiting the risk of exposure.

“Veterans in residential or home care will be supported by the Government’s commitment of over $100 million to upskill and increase the numbers of aged care staff and nurses.”

In addition, more than 225,000 veterans and their dependants will benefit from the $17.6 billion stimulus package announced by the Government yesterday.

“Many of our veterans receive benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the stimulus package announced by the Prime Minister and Treasurer will support our veteran community through this challenging time,” Mr Chester said.

“Those veterans or dependants who receive income support or compensation benefits through DVA as listed below and who are currently residing in Australia, will receive the one-off payment of $750.

“The payment will be automatically paid into bank accounts and will come from DVA or Services Australia, however, recipients are encouraged to confirm their bank details are current and up-to-date by calling DVA on 1800 555 254.

“The Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first, particularly with regards to the health and economic impacts of this global health issue.”

Payments will be made to the following groups from 31 March 2020, with the majority of payments to be made by 17 April 2020. Recipients of:

  • Service Pension
  • Income Support Supplement
  • Age Pension and Wife Pension paid by DVA
  • DVA Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders
  • Disability Pension
  • War Widow(er)’s Pension
  • Wholly Dependent Partner payment
  • Special Rate Disability Pension
  • Permanent Impairment compensation under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
  • Permanent Impairment compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
  • Veteran Payment
  • Gold Card holders

There will be one payment per eligible recipient, which will be tax free and will not count as income for Social Security, Farm Household Allowance and Veteran payments.

In addition to the stimulus and health packages, more than 30,000 veterans and their families will benefit from cuts to deeming rates as announced by the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, which will start flowing through to bank accounts from 1 May 2020.

Further information on the Government’s COVID-19 health commitment can be found at

Search for Army Officers

The Army Officer Cadet School at Portsea is trying to track down all of the 3544 officers who graduated across 67 classes from 1952 – 1985. Many of those surviving graduates are now scattered across Australia and overseas and have lost contact with old classmates and friends. Which is why there’s now a website at www.ocsportsea.or/.  Click on class lists to find your name plus any photos and videos, the web team have been able to find.

1RAR Association Welcome Letter from President Jim Master, OAM

Welcome Letter from President Jim Master, OAM

Dear 1 RAR Veterans,

1 RAR, in conjunction with the 1 RAR Association is planning to mark the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the Battalion during the period 14-17 Oct 20. All those who served with the Battalion in peace and war are invited. This includes wives, partners and descendants of 1RAR veterans.

The CO and RSM and all ranks of 1RAR are keen to turn on a traditional 1RAR Reunion for such a significant anniversary. This year makes it especially significant with a combined parade of the three foundation battalions of The Royal Australian Regiment. The number of times this has occurred in the last 75 years can be counted on one hand!

The main effort is celebrating the Birthday of the Battalion.

Key aspects for the reunion are:

  • The 1st Tour South Vietnam Memorial will have been relocated to Coral Lines, and restoration work carried out, prior to October and a re-dedication service will be held. The memorial will be placed alongside the 2nd Tour South Vietnam Memorial. This service will be of great significance to our South Vietnam 1st Tour Veterans and as many of us as possible should attend this to honour their service and sacrifice.
  • It happens to be the 20th anniversary of the 1RAR Group deploying to East Timor. 1 RAR-75 will be a great opportunity for those veterans to get together and catch up at the 1 RAR-75 Dinner at the Ville, or have a get together on one of the nights that there is no planned activity (Friday or Saturday night)
  • It is also 10 years since 1RAR (Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF) – 2) returned from Afghanistan. 1RAR- 75 will be an ideal occasion for those veterans to catch up too.

Present estimate of the cost is:

  • $20 for registration for all events, other than the Thursday evening 1RAR Association Function at The Ville Resort and Casino
  • + $30 if you would also like to use the busses for movement to Lavarack Barracks and back (see bus stops here before selecting your hotel if you want to use the busses)
  • + $70 for the big 1RAR Association Function at The Ville Resort and Casino on Thursday night
  • = Or if your all-in for the week will cost $120. We’ll aim to keep costs as low as possible. If we can secure a grant from DVA the $120 will come down.

Registration is essential as we have events inside Lavarack Barracks or there is a cost for busses or some catering, or all three! Details of when registration will commence will be notified on the 1RAR Association website. We’ll open registration after ANZAC Day.

The website is the only place you will get accurate information about 1RAR-75. The 1 RAR Facebook Page and the BB1 Facebook Page will provide links to our website for any updates. It would be worth rechecking at the end of each month leading up to October. We’ll highlight the key changes to note.

The 75th Anniversary of the formation of 1 RAR is a significant event for 1RAR, the 1RAR Association and all those who served with the Battalion in Peace and War. The Battalion and the Association are attempting to mark the significance of this in the most appropriated manner.

I hope many veterans and their partners can make it to Townsville. October is great weather and there is so much to see and do as Townsville grows every year. It would be worth making it a bit of holiday if you can.

Yours sincerely,
Jim Masters, OAM
1RAR Association

Sad News

Sadly I have been advised of the passing of (Temporary) Warrant-Officer Class 2, 18510 Thomas (Tom) Upson. Tom served in Vietnam from 1970- 71 WITH 198 Workshop Section.

Funeral details when known.


Stimulus payments to households to support growth

The Government will provide a one-off $750 payment to around 6.5 million social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.


To be eligible, you must be residing in Australia and be receiving one of the following payments or hold one of the following concession cards on 12 March 2020:

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders
  • Veteran Service Pension; Veteran Income Support Supplement; Veteran Compensation payments, including lump sum payments; War Widow(er) Pension; and Veteran Payment.
  • Veteran Gold Card holders
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Parenting Payment
  • Wife Pension
  • Widow B Pension
  • ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
  • Austudy
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Partner Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Widow Allowance
  • Family Tax Benefit, including Double Orphan Pension
  • Carer Allowance
  • Pensioner Concession Card holders

44354 Ian David Sampson

Sadly I advise that 44354 Ian David Sampson (aka Sambo) formerly 1RAR 6PL B Coy Vietnam 68/69 passed away 10/3/2020 due to an aggressive Glioblastoma brain tumour which was diagnosed in January of this year.  Ian was working full time until November of 2019 until symptoms started to arise. He survived four weeks past his initial prognosis of one month.

Ian immigrated to the USA with his wife in 1980, which is where he passed.

VALE – Edward James “Ted” Walker


Sad news in the loss of another good mate, digger and friend to so many.

VALE – Edward James “Ted” Walker

Better known to all of us as “Ted”.

Born on the 18th November 1944, in Cloncurry, completing his schooling in Mareeba, Queensland. Ted was the eldest of three children.

Ted joined the Australian Army on the 14th August 1967 to the 13th August 1982 and served again in the Australian Army Reserves from the 2nd August 1983 to the 31st August 1984.

He completed his operational service/deployment in Vietnam from the 18th June 1968 to the 28th Feb 1969, and Singapore/Malaysia from the 25th April 1969 to the 19th June 1971 whilst attached to 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Ted attained the rank of Sergeant and was a rifleman, and a store man technical.

Ted was awarded the Aust Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Defence Force Service, Australian Defence, and Vietnamese Campaign Medals, as well as Infantry Combat Badge, and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

Ted has three children Mark, Kylie and Paul and three step children Maria, John and Robert which he loved dearly and supported all of them, as well as his loving grandchildren. Ted married his loving wife Menetta, on the 7th December 1991, in Kuranda and they lived a happy life in Ravenshoe, as well as being active members of the Ravenshoe RSL and the community.

Ted was a tall, happy go lucky fella, who was a mate, friend and a genuine bloody good bloke to so many. He had many pastimes, laughs and was a strong supporter of the many Vietnam Veterans that were his real buddies. He will be sorely missed and unreplaceable. I know I will sure miss all the jovial laughs and yarns mate. Hope the beer is cold up there mate.

Your duty done. Rest In Peace dear ole mate.

Funeral details – Atherton Crematorium, Atherton, Qld

Friday 13th March 2020.


News Flash

The Australian will publish a news article re our claim for RCB Service Recognition in tomorrow newspaper Friday 28th February.(1)

Over the last two days we have been in discussions with their reporter Paul Maley and provided relevant material. We are not privy to the content of his news report.

As you all know, our endeavours have sought our Right to the Truth and our Right to Challenge the Government’s decision. Working within the Government’s grievance process with evidence from the Governments’ own documents (ex-secret and top secret in over 130 cases) we have been denied due process to engage in meetings with the Minister’s advisors let alone third party mediation.

Our requests for an independent of government judicial enquiry have been ignored
We have long sought the media’s interest to expose The Deception to the Australian public to influence the Government to appoint an independent of Government judicial enquiry. Hopefully, this Australian news report will.
We ask you to re-read our last RCB Update 5/2019: From Deception to Exposure – 2020 Action because it will form the basis for our follow up campaign to the Australian newspaper article with our own personal engagements with all MPS and Senators.
Thanks for your past patience and support. Stand ready for Campaign action.

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Yours Sincerely,

Ray Fulcher
RCB Service 1979
Chairman RCB Review Group
Date: 27 February 2020






Trey Gowdy, former South Carolina Congressman, responded to a question from a CNN reporter about the ban of transgenders from joining the U.S. armed forces. As Trey typically does so very well, he nailed it rather succinctly. He does not mince words.

Question: “How can President Trump claim to represent all U.S citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, when he banned transgenders from joining the military? Isn’t that discrimination?”

Trey Gowdy’s Response: “ Nobody has ‘a right’ to serve in the Military. Nobody!

What makes you people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer?

It is very far from it – and for good reasons – let me cite a few:

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining—for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for having missing, or additional, fingers.” He went on to explain: “By the way, poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction?

“Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hearing voices in your head? Self-identification as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair?

“Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of push-ups?

Not really a morning person? and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be legitimate reasons for denial.

“The Military has one job: Winning Wars. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.

Did someone just scream? That isn’t Fair?

War is VERY unfair; there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.

“ YOU must change yourself to meet Military standards and not the other way around.

“I say again: You don’t change the Military – you must change yourself.

The Military is not about being fair, it is about taking advantage of others and about winning.

“The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues.

The Military needs to Win Wars and keep our Country safe – PERIOD!

“If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality…

Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors.

“Any other questions??