A few years ago I had a run in with ANZMI on another blog I had. Well I see I am still there in black and white.....
So maybe I should repost some stuff I said about them a few years ago - it's good for a laugh.
Well I’ve tried to be kind to ANZMI. I mean, I’ve been silent for a few months even though they said things about me that were not very nice and as well, they failed to follow their own procedures when I tried to get my mates photos removed from their website.
ANZMI have assumed that such a request from me was evidence that I supported what my mates did. Well how about that? Apart from the fact that my mates have not broken any laws, only rules that ANZMI make up themselves, the reason I support my mates is simply that. They are my mates and ANZMI have treated them unfairly.
Here is a quote from them:
Simply put Cav, tell your mates to get them off and keep them off their left breast and they will come off the site.
I have advised ANZMI on a couple of occasions that my mates no longer wear commemorative medals – but alas, the pictures are still there!
And get this – the pictures were taken in 2004 and they use the Minister’s letter of 2007 to rubbish them.
Rubbish is right.
ANZMI make up the rules and then they fail to follow them.
But enough of going over old ground, I see now that they are experts in pension matters.
Another quote from ANZMI website:
There are some that are saying that by ANZMI exposing these frauds that it is slowing down the compensation and rehabilitation claims for genuine veterans. This is complete rubbish. The DVA are as aware as we are of the frauds out there. The time frame between Vietnam and now and checking of the claims of all veterans need to be verified before payments are made or what you are about to read can and does happen.
If you are a veteran who has a claim in and it is taking a long time to process then you could be caught up in this exhaustive check that the department has to do. We suggest that you gather all of the information possible and support it with stat decs from others who were there at the time of the incident , war diaries and incident reports, facts from historical books etc before having your advocate lodge your claim. The more information you can supply the quicker it is for the department to verify your claim. DONT BLAME THE DEPARTMENT FOR BEING SLOW
Hmmmm…. Are they saying that you must prove your case now? That this will make it easier for DVA to verify your claim.
Wait a minute, does it say this in the Veterans Entitlement Act?
According to the act, a veteran who has war service only has to make a reasonable hypothesis that his injury/disease is war related. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PROVE THIS!
In fact DVA has the higher standard of proof to refuse the claim. DVA cannot refuse a claim unless it is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that there is no sufficient ground for making that determination.
I’ll say it again for those ANZMI boys reading this from there various ‘cells’ across the country.
The war veteran has to put forward a reasonable hypothesis. He does not have to ‘prove’ his claim.
DVA can only reject the claim if it is satisfies the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ test.
That’s the law.
It is a pity that ANZMI does not use its energies into supporting veterans according to the law, rather than accepting what DVA demands beyond what is required under the act. But since when has ANZMI worried about the law!
My message to ANZMI is quite simple:
Rather than advising war veterans to jump through hoops to get their claims up on DVA, ANZMI should be attacking DVA for not following the law, specifically Sec 120 of the Veterans Entitlement Act.
There is no justification for the backlog of claims.
These war veterans put their lives on the line for their country. The politicians recognised this, that’s why a war veteran does not have to prove his case – he merely has to raise a reasonable hypothesis.
Get it right ANZMI or butt out.