The commitment made to returned service personnel at the end
of World War 2 ''remains as valid now as it was in 1945'',
Montecillo Veterans' Home and Hospital Trust chairman said
David More addressed more than 150 people who gathered for
the Anzac Day service at the veterans' home and hospital.
The pledge made by Prime Minister Peter Fraser ''must be
extended to all service personnel in wars and deployments
subsequent to World War 2''.
''We owe it to all our veterans to ensure that their needs
are met,'' Mr More said.
It was regrettable the Veterans' Support Bill, which will
replace the War Pensions Act 1954, was changed during the
select committee stage.
''As originally drafted, the purpose of the Bill was to
provide entitlements for eligible veterans who serve or who
have served in the armed forces.''
However, this had been amended so only those members of the
armed forces who suffered service-related injuries or illness
would be eligible for entitlements.
Montecillo chief executive Fred Daniel said the rest-home,
which had 44 residents, was ''100% full, all the time''.