Thousands of offers are now available to Far North Queensland Veteran Card holders from businesses across Australia as part of the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Veteran Card is providing the opportunity for businesses and organisations across the country to show their support and recognition of veterans and say, ‘thank you for your service’.
He encouraged veterans and reservists who have not already registered for the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant to do so through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs online portal.
“The service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families to our nation is profound, and supporting our veterans through this program is a positive and tangible way to recognise that,” Mr Entsch said.
“So far around 500 businesses are on board, making more than 10,000 offers available for Veteran Card holders, both over the counter and online.
“The businesses range from small family businesses through to large chains that operate nationally.”
Mr Entsch urged business in Far North Queensland to get on board and support the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant.
“Once card holders are registered with apod.com.au, they can gain access to offers from businesses in Far North Queensland by searching online and using a unique offer code.”
Veterans and Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester said the new Veteran Card will be available to all veterans as a practical demonstration of respect and recognition for their service.
“Our government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and we provide more than $11 billion every year in support for veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.
“Bringing corporate Australia on board will be a tangible benefit to the veteran community, with the card providing access to services and benefits for eligible veterans.
Existing DVA Health Card holders can register directly through APOD or when they apply for the Covenant through MyService.
Businesses honouring the Veteran Card include retailers, travel and tourism operators, accommodation and car hire, entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, as well as service and trade industries such as gyms to automotive mechanics.