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1.1 Veterans

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This chapter contains details of what constitutes a Veteran as defined in the VEA, and the groups of people who meet that definition. Veteran status is the first of the criteria that must be met for a person to have an entitlement to disability pension or service pension under the VEA.

In addition to Veteran status, a person must also have rendered certain types of service to have an entitlement to disability pension or service pension. These service requirements are described further in Chapter 2 Service Types.

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Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

Disability pension, for the purposes of service pension and income support supplement, means:

  • a pension paid for incapacity from war caused conditions, or peacetime, peacekeeping or hazardous service caused conditions (other than a war widow's or orphan's pension); or
  • temporary incapacity allowance; or
  • any other payment in respect of incapacity or death resulting from war or war-like operations in which the Crown has been engaged [usually paid by another Commonwealth country].

A service pension is an income support payment broadly equivalent to the social security age and disability support pensions. It may be paid once a veteran or partner has reached the nominated age or is incapacitated for work.

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.