Iraq and Afghanistan vets get free public transport


War veterans in New South Wales who served after 2004 may soon be eligible to receive free public transport

October 23, 2012

War veterans in New South Wales who served after 2004 may soon be eligible to receive free public transport for the first time.

According to Transport for NSW, more than 200 war veterans who served after 2004 and war widows of veterans who served after 2004 may soon be eligible for free and discounted public transport following the removal of a longstanding loophole.

Transport for NSW statement says changes made in 2004 to veterans and war widow compensation had not been carried over to NSW concession processes leaving veterans who served after 2004 and war widows who lost their partners
after 2004 without free and discounted public transport.

"Ex-Defence Force personnel who incurred an eligible disability while serving in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, and war widows whose partners gave their lives in these conflicts, will now be able to receive their rightful entitlements to free and discounted public transport in NSW," the statement says.

War veterans with a disability and widows receive free or discounted travel in NSW in recognition of the debt owed to them by the community for their service and sacrifice.

War veterans with eligible disabilities can apply for public transport entitlements online at Transport for NSW. War widows and widowers can apply for their concession at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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