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Nicholas Meins

I can say, with confidence, that my AVCAT scholarship in its symbolic, and financial power, has given me the reach I needed to grab ahold of my dreams and aspirations. Nicholas with his grandfather Harry Meins, and family members By...

Joan Hughes Thanked for Service by Repatriation Commissioner

Joan Hughes AVCAT CEO AVCAT CEO Joan Hughes has been awarded a Repatriation Commissioner’s coin in a vote of thanks for her dedication, commitment, and service to the children of veterans and the veteran community. Joan states, ‘It’s been a...

Elizabeth McDonnell

I wish to be a youth worker, I wish to use the opportunity given to me, to help young people like me through this difficult stage in their lives. For this, I would like to give my gratitude and thanks...

AVCAT Welcomes New Sponsor

AVCAT welcomes new scholarship sponsor DEWC DEWC provides Electronic Warfare (EW) and related technological support to the Australian Defence Force and its allies. DEWC is passionate about keeping Australia’s Defence Personnel safe through cutting-edge EW applications and extensive knowledge and experience....

Squadron Leader Eric Easterbrook OAM (Retd) joins the AVCAT Board

Eric joined the AVCAT Board in November 2020. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years and then as a Defence Public Servant in all three branches of the military for another 22 years. Eric was a...

Kel-sie van Rees

While I am a little bit scared, I am also extremely excited, and knowing that I have the support of AVCAT makes me feel secure. Thank you AVCAT so much, you have helped a country kid move to the city...

Our CEO Joan Hughes is Retiring

Joan Hughes - CEO From the Chair of the Board of AVCAT – Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd) Joan started as CEO of AVCAT in early 2016. I have worked with Joan since joining AVCAT as Chair in May...

Megan Beecher

By Megan Beecher My name is Megan Beecher, in 2020 I was the recipient of the AVCAT Australian War Widows NSW Scholarship. My Grandfather, Major Arthur McDermott (Grandpa Mac, as he was to my brothers and I) was a veteran,...

Reflections

Third Prize in the AVCAT Essay Prize 2020, ‘Reflections' by Jo Hagen. By Jo Hagen It seems fitting that I begin this story on 18 August 2020, National Vietnam Veterans’ Day. It’s been five years. Five years since Dad’s first suicide...

Bruce Paul

My name is Bruce Paul, and I am a 2019 Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) Scholar and Long Tan Bursary recipient. My father is a Vietnam Veteran, he served in the Royal Australian Navy for nine years as an...

Joan Hughes Presented with Governor-General’s Medallion

Joan Hughes and Bill Crews Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley gifted AVCAT with a Governor-General’s medallion to thank AVCAT for our work to ‘help people, uplift those around us and make our community better’. Major General Bill Crews...

Safe

Second Prize in the AVCAT Essay Prize 2020, 'Safe' by Jane Wotherspoon. By Jane Wotherspoon “Posttraumatic stress disorder may be one of the most important explanations for the effects of deployment on the sons and daughters of military personnel reported...

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