The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA)
is a not-for-profit veterans organisation that provides for the comfort and assistance with welfare and entitlements for ADF Veterans and Peacekeepers, including their families. The APPVA achieves this by a number of approaches, but particularly with assistance through the Safety Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA – aka “COMCARE); The Veteran’s Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA); and The Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). Other assistance through welfare is also provided on as needed basis.
Australia’s peacekeeping and peacemaking (enforcement) involvement commenced in Indonesia on 14 September 1947, with four Australian Military officers becoming the first UN peacekeepers in the world by deploying to the United Nations Good Offices Commission in Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). It has since involved the contribution of over 66,000 veterans, who have participated in 73 Operations to 64 different countries non-stop up to the present day with Iraq, Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and the Solomon Islands. The roles recognised by our association include Warlike and Non-Warlike Operations including Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, United Nations Contingents, Military Observers, Truce Supervision, Emergency Forces, Special Commissions, Humanitarian Aid, Monitoring Forces, Demining Teams and Training Teams – and any other Australian Defence Force (ADF), New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and Australian Federal, State and Territory Police Operations.
Trooper (Tpr) Jon Church carries an injured Rwandan child who has survived the
brutal massacre by soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) at the UN administered
refuge camp at Kibeho in 1995. Tpr Church was one of 18 soldiers killed in a training
accident in Townsville on 12 June 1996, when two Blackhawk helicopters crashed.
Photo by George Gittoes