‘I have known utter despair’: Thousands of veterans on wrong level of benefit, say advocates

Thousands of defence force veterans are likely on the wrong level of benefit or are missing out on injury payments they are entitled to due to the complexity and difficulty of dealing with the claims system, according to leading lawyers and advocates.

As the federal government prepares to respond to a damning Productivity Commission report into the $13 billion-a-year compensation system, veterans and those assisting them with claims have raised concerns about vastly different payments for similar or identical injuries, depending on which Act they apply under.

Currently, depending on injury and the timing of their service veterans can be compensated under the Veterans Entitlement Act, The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act. Different levels of compensation also apply depending whether their injury occurred during war or war-like service.Thousands of defence force veterans are likely on the wrong level of benefit or are missing out on injury payments they are entitled to due to the complexity and difficulty of dealing with the claims system, according to leading lawyers and advocates.

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Comments

  1. AT LAST!!
    AFTER MANY YEARS OF FRUSTRATION AND SUICIDES!! THE PIN HAS DROPPED! WITH THESE GOVERNMENT LOVERS LIKE THE RSLs AND MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS……DVA getting the bad name for its CLAIMS SECTIONS…DRCA….VEA….SRCA!The regulations are so complicated even the DELEGATES DONT UNDERSTAND THEM!!I have been saying this for years!!

  2. Butch & Jan Mathew says

    Let the Politicians fight future conflicts, Notify civilians not to sign on
    Veterans have had the “rough end of the pineapple for long enough

  3. Paul Boyns says

    I don’t agree that Veterans are not receiving their due amount of disability entitlement , I did claims for Veterans for over 10 years mainly Vietnam veterans and most were from the Arms not supporting Smaller Units, The word of mouth from Associations and members sent the word out about claims and entertainments, maybe it those smaller Units is where the problem is.

  4. Paul,
    You’re kidding me right!
    Ok can you explain to me as to why a person under SRCA/DRCA who has 20% WPI gets $58k (including NEL) PI and someone under MRCA get roughly $100k for the exact same injury, mind you this is for non war like service and neither have deployed and are wholly and solely under each of of those acts and no other act.

    If you don’t find this discriminatory against the SRCA/DRCA veteran I honestly can’t help but think your mindset is pretty warped.

    Why should those who never deployed be treated differently depending on which act the sit under wholly and solely?
    Why should one act be able to use the Comcare table to assess a veteran and the other the GARP-M?
    Why should one act be able to use the AMA (American Medical Association) Guide to determine the PI payout when in fact America doesn’t even use it now as it way out of touch with the compensation payable at the % rate the veteran has been awarded?
    Why should one act be able to receive a gold card and SRDP (or offered it) when they reach 50 points yet the other act won’t allow a veteran access the required or same treatment or benefits as those who are entitled to the gold card?

    If this is the case then those who never deployed and are under SRCA/DRCA should be compensated a way larger amount than any other act due to being assessed and treated like civilians and not veterans.

  5. Lindsay Carlyon says

    I agree Paul, I am a veteran advocate working in Geelong helping with DRCA,VEA and MRCA. The majority of clients are by word for of mouth and I have a good working relationship with DVA. As veteran I understand the system and not a lawyer expecting to be paid.

  6. This is now the time to push for a ROYAL COMMISSION!
    This is the time our supporters (RSL ADSO TPI ASSNS ) SHOULD PUSH for their SERVICEMEN and WOMEN.
    MY QUESTION IS?
    Will they? or will they just go along with the system? LEADERS HELP THEIR MEN DONT THEY?

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