With the recent announcement of$350 Million ( Veteran's Health ) predicted for the upcoming detailed budget soon be announced., I can only summaries that the Long Ride Home from Hanoi to Sydney may not have been in vain and certainly worth every kilometer of the 10,000kms to at least talk to Dan Tehan ( Minister for Veteran Affairs ) and speak my piece with him in Canberra.
It was certainly the focal point of the ride to chat face to face in person ( after the grueling ride ) with the Patron of the Long Ride Home and former Governor General of Australia Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), Dan Tehan MP ( as mentioned) and the Hon Angus Taylor MP Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital ( a keen cyclist ) in front of parliament and later on with the Governor General of Australia His Excellency, General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Lady Cosgrove to discuss such issues as Veterans health care.
It was not long after that dialogue which was good timing for my arrival at the finish in Sydney that Dan Tehan went live on television news to announce that the current government had looked deeply into the issues of veteran suicides and that the government were about to soon put forward specific initiatives to deal with those issues.
Let's all pray that the more recent announcement comes to fruition and that the $350 Million will be a sound decision that will benefit our ailing veterans both serving and after discharge from our armed forces.
Truck Sams ( The Long Ride Home )