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Merry Christmas From Veterans Care Association  
 

Dear friends, 

2016 has been an extraordinary year for VCA. I enclose my President's report to our AGM, with more details, but thanks to all who have supported this wonderful mission to Veterans and their families. The effectiveness of our efforts are summed up in some attached testimonials. We had about 50 members to our AGM and Christmas party and all could sense the energy and hope that we are engendering.

Our staff team is in the throes of preparing two more participant groups for Timor Awakening. But we are mindful that the most important task in coming weeks is to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the Christian hope that he inspires, and also to celebrate the love and appreciation we can share with family and friends.

We are the only Veteran rehabilitation programme in Australia that intentionally nourishes the soul as well as the mind and body, and that has practical outcomes in our heart-felt care for veterans and their families. We deal with people whose complex health problems seem hopeless, but we are people of unshakeable HOPE and will never give up on anyone. Our hope stems from the unconditional love of God, who became one of us, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and continues to nourish us.

Our 2017 calendar is loaded on our website, and our first activity is a gathering at Mates4mates, Douglas St Milton from 1000-1300 on Saturday 28 Jan17. We head to Timor again 19 Feb to 1 Mar 17. These Saturday gatherings throughout 2017 will be multipurpose gatherings to both inform all members of developments, provide specific holistic health inputs applicable to all of us, and provide fellowship and interaction over a lunchtime meal that we will provide. Please join us.

May the Love of God enfold you; May the life and teaching of Jesus inspire you; and May the power of the Holy Spirit dwell in you and pour out from you to bless others.

Your Padre
Gary Stone

Veterans Care Association Inc
Holistic Care for of Body Mind & Soul for Veterans, Families & Carers 

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2017 Event Overview

VCA Group Session 1/17:   Sat 4 Feb 17  1000-1300@Mates4mates Milton

Key activities: General meeting; TA4 Initial Brief; TA3 Final Prep Brief

Timor Awakening 3:   Sun 19 Feb – Wed 1 Mar 17

Route:   Dili x 2nights, Same x 2, Liquisa x 2, Balibo x 2, Dili x 2

Notes:   5 x Staff, 16 x Participants (Male Veterans Only)

VCA Group Session 2/17:  Sat 1 Apr 17   1000-1300   @Mates4mates Milton

Key Activities:  Gen Meeting ; TA3 debrief/reflections, TA4 final prep

Timor Awakening 4: 30 Apr – 10 May 17

Route: Dili x 2, Jaco x 2, Baucau x 1, Balibo x 2, Dili x 2

Notes: 5 x Staff, 15 participants; Selection Board –19 Dec 16

VCA Group Session 3/17:Sat 27 May 171000-1300@Mates4mates Milton

Key Activities: Gen meeting; TA4 debrief/reflections, TA5 Initial Brief

VCA Group Session 4/17: Sat 8 Jul 17  1000-1300@Mates4mates Milton

Key Activities: Gen meeting;  TA5 brief/final prep

Timor Awakening 5:Sun 31 Jul – Wed 10 Aug 17

Route: Dili x 2, Loihuno x 2, Baucau x 1, Liquica x 1, Balibo x 2, Dili x 2

Notes: 5 x Staff, Selection Board – 3 Apr 16

VCA Group Session 5/17: Sat 26 Aug 17 1000-1300@Mates4mates Milton

Key Activities:TA5 debrief/general session

Timor Awakening 6: Sun 24 Sep – Wed 4 Oct (Commando Special TA)

Route: Dili x 3, Same x 2, Maubisse x 1 or Liquica x 1, Balibo x 2, Dili x 2

Notes: Staff TBD,    Selection Board – Mon 19 Jun 17

VCA Group Session 6/17: Sat 21 Oct 17  1000-1300@Mates4mates Milton

Notes:General meeting; TA6 debrief ; TA7 Initial brief

VCA AGM and Christmas Party: Sat 18 Nov 17

1100-1300 Kookaburra café   Paddington

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President's Report

President's Report

Presidents Report  to AGM for FY 15/16 This last 12 months has seen a most significant increase in the range and number of services provided to veterans and their families by VCA . This has occurred as a result of the development of the Timor Awakening Programme, and significant funding support from RSL Care , RSL Qld and Knights of …

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Personal Reflections on Timor Awakening: A rehabilitation program for mentally ill Australian veterans

Personal Reflections on Timor Awakening: A rehabilitation program for mentally ill Australian veterans

By Associate Professor Bob Breen.

I am a veteran managing depression. For many veterans like me, mental illness is a private nightmare that becomes a public humiliation as well as a disaster for loved ones. The consequences include relationship breakdown, substance abuse, unemployment and suicide. I have been publicly humiliated by my illness. I am divorced. I have lost my job. I …

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Aussie Veterans are receiving Healing and Hope through a Timor Awakening

Aussie Veterans are receiving Healing and Hope through a Timor Awakening

Former Army Warrant Officer Nick, considers the title Timor Awakening a most apt title for the 11 day experience he had in Timor in September 2016 . “ It was real awakening to me of the possibilities of healing. My partner has noticed a huge change in me since I came home. I’ve had the chance to put some …

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Michael with RSL Care Chairman
Pat McIntosh

TA2 participants at AGM

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