Covenant recognises unique nature of military service

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The Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann has welcomed the passage through the Parliament of the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant.

Mr Neumann said the legislation provides a framework for government, business and the community to recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

“This recognises the immense commitment our armed forces make to serve their country, and formalises our nation’s commitment to look after those who have sacrificed for our nation, Mr Neumann said.

The Covenant is similar to the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Covenant, a principles-based document, which promises that those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families will be treated fairly.

“Australians who serve in our armed forces can require specialised health and social services assistance. The Covenant will make sure those needs don’t slip through the cracks,” Mr Neumann said.

“This new covenant represents a bipartisan approach to support those who have served our country.”

While the Covenant is largely symbolic in nature, it will deliver tangible benefits for veterans as well. It includes a Veteran Card, which will provide access to discounts, and benefits from participating businesses.

Mr Neumann has been a strong advocate for Defence personnel and their families.