DVA are calling for nominations from veterans to attend the 75th Anniversay of the completion of the Burma Railway and the Hellfre Pass.

The Australian Government’s is planning a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Australian work on Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai Burma Railway on 16 October 2018 in Ballarat.  

This commemoration is part of the Century of Service domestic commemorations program during the Anzac Centenary period 2014-2018. 

The Century of Service honours and commemorates the service and sacrifice of all Australian service men and women who have defended our values and freedoms in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to today. 

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) would like to invite nominations from Australian Second World War veterans specifically from Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai Burma Railway to attend the planned commemorations in Ballarat supported by DVA. Veterans will need to register their interest with DVA by completing all of the enclosed forms and returning them by 3 August 2018.  
The nomination process involves assessment of military service and medical assessments to determine fitness to travel. If selected, the Veteran will travel to Ballarat with one nominated carer for the commemoration.  

A travel program will be developed for veterans and their carers by DVA and itinerary details will be provided once the nomination process has been completed.  DVA will provide ground transport, air travel, accommodation and some meals for each veteran and carer. It is likely veterans and carers will be away from their homes for approximately three days.  

Nominations should be made by completing the enclosed forms: 

• Veteran Nomination form
• Veteran Medical Information form including a Patient Health Summary printout from your GP
• Carer Nomination form
• Service History Questions
• Media Consent form
 
Nomination forms are available on DVA’s website at:  https://www.dva.gov.au/commemorations-memorials-and-war-graves/commemora...
In view of the logistical requirements in arranging veteran and carer attendance at this commemoration, it will be necessary to receive all veteran nominations by no later than 1700 AEST Friday 3 August 2018. 
If the veteran nominees have any queries about the nomination process or completing the forms, please telephone Domestic Commemorations on 02 6120 8078.   
Amanda Gilmartin 
Director (A/g) 
Domestic Commemorations 
Client and Commemorations Branch | Commemorations and War Graves Division Department of Veterans’ Affairs 
Location: Level 9, Gnabra Building, 21 Genge Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601 
PO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia 
t:  02 6120 8078 ext: 608078