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May Newsletter

We hope you all had a happy Easter and are positively counting all your blessings. We are pleased to present the Comprehensive Report on TA8. Click here to download. Thanks to Michael Stone and Candice Carroll for putting this together. It was a life-changing experience for many and further consolidated our evidence base demonstrating that peer support, reflected experiences, and holistic health education can make significant improvements in the lives of veterans and their families. Of course, our involvement and positive interaction with the Timorese takes this all to a higher level, where we realise that loving our neighbours and going […]

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Visit helps bring light to the darkness

A Catholic veteran has found a renewed joy for life, after returning to a Timorese village where he was caught in a gun battle with enemy militia 19 years ago. It has taken former Corporal Greg Murty many years to come to grips with the incident, and which has caused him great distress and trauma. He lives with his family in the Brisbane south-side suburb of Parkinson. “Being a young and proud soldier… I went to their country thinking I was making a difference, but returned to Australia with the feeling of a heavy heart and feeling defeated,” Mr Murty […]

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April Newsletter

Dear Friends Here at the VCA office we are following-up a  most successful TA8 program, have completed Selection Boards for TA9 and 10 and undergoing preparations for those programs, and most immediately are preparing to host 9 Timorese veterans who will join us from 21- 28 April. TA8 was fantastic. The evaluation report showed significant health and well being improvement in all participants. We had the most amazing celebratory reception in the remote village of Aidabasalala, where in June 2000, veteran Greg Murty’s section was surprised in a massive attack at 0200hrs and Greg,  alone on sentry, miraculously survived. Greg was […]

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What Participants from TA7 are saying…

1. I am very appreciative of the professional and personal warmth of the leadership team. 2. You showed there’s always Hope. Every now and then God gives us a flower. We received several. 3. Now I know I’m not alone. Take this trip and you find yourself.

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President’s Report to AGM for FY 17/18

This last 12 months has seen the work of VCA develop a deep sense of maturity and stability. We have finely tuned the services provided to veterans and their families. We have developed a robust management framework with strong governance and financial accountability. We have a competent and collaborative staff team. The Timor Awakening Program, developed and delivered by Michael Stone has been our flagship activity . Significant funding support has come from our major sponsor Bolton Clark, as well as RSL Qld and Knights of the Southern Cross, and other donors. Generous volunteers have given the gifts of their […]

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Veteran Family Toolkit Series

We are excited to announce that a series of videos created by Altura Learning & Bolton Clarke have been launched and are now available for viewing, through the link below. There are 5 episodes: Episode 1: The Veteran Perspective What is it like to be a Veteran who has experienced mental health issues? Episode 2: What is Mental Health? This video features interviews with experts in the field of Veteran mental health, who provide commentary on the key contributing factors and symptoms Veterans may experience when it comes to mental illness. Episode 3: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder We treat physical injury, […]

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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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