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Slater and Gordon Military Compensation Lawyer Brian Briggs is calling on both sides of politics to commit to building on hard-fought reforms in Veterans Affairs.

Mr Briggs said this Vietnam Veterans’ Day on Sunday 18th August was a reminder that many returned services personnel had survived one battle only to return home to another.

“Over the past six years we have fought hard on behalf of our brave military personnel to secure major reforms to Veterans’ Affairs, including increased funding for health care, appropriate compensation for illness and injury, and better support for veterans, their partners and their families,” he said.

“The Government has stepped up and introduced these and a number of other reforms such as greater recognition for our veterans and improvements to the DVA scheme.

“They established the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, to support victims of systemic abuse in the military, which just this week announced it had begun making reparation payments to victims.”

Mr Briggs said recent changes to the indexation of military superannuation payments, introduced by Hon. Dr Mike Kelly, meant more than 26,700 military superannuants now have access to a fairer scheme, which will now be indexed in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI).

“This will make a huge difference to our Vietnam Veterans in particular, many of whom have now reached retirement age,” he said.

“There have been enormous gains for our military personnel over the past six years, and now it’s time for both parties to commit to maintaining this momentum.

“Our veterans and military personnel deserve to know that regardless of who forms Government after September 7, they will not be sidelined.”