RSL keen to see benefits claimed
A LARGE number of local ex-service men and women are not claiming their full government entitlements, Murwillumbah RSL sub branch president Derek Sims has revealed.
Therefore the branch is extending their veterans' support project to include outlying villages.
Mr Sims said pension and welfare officers are currently looking for suitable interview rooms, such as halls and pubs, in Uki, Tyalgum and Burringbar to hold the outreach service.
“At present the sub branch conducts a weekly pension office at Murwillumbah Services Club on Wednesday mornings,” Mr Sims said.
“These pension sessions from time to time reveal that there are veterans who have never claimed for a disease or disability which can be attributed to their Defence Force service.”
Mr Sims said many veterans have also never had their pensions reviewed.
“Our pension and welfare officers provide all ex-service men and women with advice as to what benefits may be available to them.
“There may be widows, whose husbands died of a service-related disease or injury, who do not realise they may be able to claim a war widows pension.
“Any interviews are of course confidential.”
Anyone wishing to speak to a pension and welfare office, or who can help provide an interview room, call Mr Sims on (02) 6672 1388.