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Below is a letter from Chris Berg if you have any suggestions or interest, please contact him at 0429 105 544 or [email protected]
There had been a campaign for RCB recognition grinding away for years, with, from what I can see, little interest from MHR politicians. I wrote to each pollie last year about the matter and I have had little response.
I believe it is high time Veterans get more proactive and militant in our demands for proper recognition and Veteran entitlements that are in keeping with inflation, average wage growth and community expectation and stop politicians dithering.
To this end, I am suggesting that we need to threaten Federal MPs with a Veteran lead campaign targeted at principals and head teachers of every school in Australia to point out how Veterans have been short-changed by politicians over the decades, starting with how after WW1, some Veterans coughing up blood were deemed OK for work by Repat doctors, despite having been gassed.
We need to tell principals how, if their students go on to join the military, they will be shabbily treated if they sustain injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives.
We have to tell them how the politicians deny medals to Veterans, that other countries want to award to those who served in an alliance against various hostile agents.
We should strive to provide education on how Veterans have been driven to suicide; in some cases because of DVA dithering.
This will likely affect the flow of recruits to the ADF, using adverse publicity to disrupt DoD recruiting.
I am writing this to you because I am concerned, similar to what has happened with previous RCs; that the politicians do very little if anything to improve things.
The politicians have been asked to improve entitlements to TPIs for many years and have consistently done nothing. RCB has been a continual denial process, despite the success of NZ Veterans with RCB service.
The campaign could include steps to approach every candidate in the electorates across Australia to get a commitment to support Veterans, in the form of a covenant, that if the candidate agrees to support, a sticker showing the general public that he or she supports Veterans would be placed on election advertising material and placards.
My final idea is that we write to News Limited (Rupert Murdoch papers across Australia) and Channel Seven (Kerry Stokes AM supports Veterans) and ask them to publicise our stories and situations.
I am proposing these ideas because I believe that the majority of the Australian population is happy to see Veterans properly recognised and looked after.
Chris BERG 0429105544