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Date Claimer: AGM & Christmas Party

Saturday 17 November 2018 10am-1pm Mates4Mates, Douglas Street, Milton We will conduct our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17 November 2018, to be followed by our Christmas Party. This will be a great opportunity to re-connect with other veterans, supporters and VCAI staff. An update on TA7, which was conducted in September; and preliminary briefings on TA8 planned for February 2019 will be included. Photos and Videos will be shown of Timor Awakening and other VCAI activities. Also, we will show some of the latest professional videos commissioned by Bolton Clarke which stars some of our members. Morning tea and a light […]

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Notice of Special General Meeting

Where: VCAI Office, 2 Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove When: Monday 15th October 2018 Start Time: 9.00am A Special General Meeting will be held on Monday 15 October 2018 at 9.00am at VCAI Office, 2 Victoria Park Rd Kelvin Grove to vote on a special resolution to an ‘Update of VCAI Rules’ (see comments on rules below). The proposed ‘Update of VCAI Rules’ is available on the website. • To download the existing rules, please click here. • To download the proposed new rules, please click here. Tea and coffee will be available from 8.30am. The meeting starting sharply at 9.00am should take less than 15 minutes. The only Special General Meeting Agenda item is to vote on the special resolution […]

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Good News in Veterans Care – July

Please join us for our next gathering: When: Saturday 11th August 2018 Time: 10:00am – 1.00pm (includes lunch) Where: Mates4Mates – Douglas Street Milton Dear Sandra, We have much to be grateful for, as we enter into the second half of 2018. A full update on what we’ve achieved, and where we are going will be provided at our gathering on 11Aug, but the highlights are: • The qualitative evaluation of TA6 has been completed by Michael Stone and our Consultant Psychologist Chris Hully. It’s an impressive read. See it here   • The Australian Veterans Scholarship Scheme, (an inspiration of Michael Stone), for education of children […]

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New Awakenings for Veterans and their Families

For the past few years the Veterans Care Association (VCA), based in Brisbane, have been working on front line veteran rehabilitation, supporting many hundreds of clients and their families. VCA’s tactical objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of the veterans they engage with daily, but their strategic objective has been to model and improve the systemic way Veterans Health is managed, moving it from the current “treating sickness” model to a “promoting wellness” model. All of the core VCA team are seasoned veterans and committed Christians who have experienced the good and bad of what is currently on […]

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Good News in Veterans Care – June

Just a few date claimers of Good News events for you in the weeks ahead. On Tues 12 June at 4 pm at the Cleveland Ex Services memorial, VCA member Marty Kruck will complete his amazing 1682 km walk of 41km each day for 41 consecutive days, in honour of our fallen in Afghanistan , and as a  fundraiser for VCA outreach. See martyfortyone  on FB or www.41for41raisley.com  to donate or give him your thanks and encouragement. Several VCA members incl myself, will walk with him on the last day. On Sat 14 July  the Australian American Association will host  a VCA fundraising trivia […]

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TA6 Feedback comments April 2018

1. I’m feeling better, more relaxed. Ive opened up, shared emotions, with others and my wife, that I’ve never done before . I’ve realised I can be myself and not a rock. 2. Terrific experience of friendship and values. Feel I’m now an ambassador of hope. Money well spent. 3. Felling super relaxed and energised. Just feeling so good. One of the best healing experiences. 4. An awesome experience- the program is like a glue that holds all other programs together. I’m more relaxed, more connected, more open, more sympathetic to people. Great health knowledge gained. 5. An excellent experience. […]

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May 2018 News

We have had an amazing start to 2018. In April, our Sixth Timor Awakening group of 27, traveled through the western districts of Timor and the Awakenings for all participants were life changing. I include the summary one line outcomes for each participant below. Tears of joy flowed, as one participant shared how this experience had moved him from the despair of wanting to kill himself, to the joy and hope of now having a plan to live. TA6 also saw the launch of the Australian Veterans Scholarship scheme, whereby our veterans empower the children of Timorese veterans by funding […]

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March 2018 News

Please come and join us for our gathering day this Saturday at Mates4Mates, Douglas St, Milton. 10am till 1pm (incl Lunch). Michael Stone is just back from a 10 Day Recon in Timor and ready to brief us on arrangements for TA6 8-18 Apr. Whilst there he had liaison on a range of other initiatives that he wants to float to our VCA community, including a scholarship scheme to train children of Timorese veterans at the ETDA hospitality school in Dili, plans for a special Anzac Day in Dili trip in 2019 and a 20 years since Liberation celebration in […]

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Timor Awakening 5 Qualitative Report

Timor Awakening 5 (TA5), a 12-day holistic health program for veterans, was conducted in from 14 to 25 October 2017. The program included 1 day in Darwin, 4 days in Dili and 7 days throughout rural areas of Timor-Leste (TL) including the Districts of Aileu, Ainaro, Manu-Fahi, Liquisa and Bobonaro. TA5 included 28 Australians (21 Veterans / 2 Care Participants / 5 support staff) and 12 Timorese Veterans. The 2 care participants included a wife/carer of one of the Veterans and the mother of a fallen Australian soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Interestingly TA5 had 3 sets […]

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February 2018 News

Happy New Year!! Please join us for our next gathering: When: Saturday 17th March 2018 Time: 10:00am – 1.00pm (includes lunch) Where: Mates4Mates – Douglas Street Milton We at VCA are determined that this be the best year of our lives yet! Preparations are well under way for our sixth Timor Awakening which will deploy into Timor from 8 to 18 April with 22 participants and 5 staff. Each time we embrace lessons learned and suggestions from previous participants, and this trip will be slower paced and provide more times for sharing and reflection. We will still be engaging with many Timorese and staying overnight […]

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