Jack Farrell
Jack Farrell

POWs to receive $500 a fortnight

PRISONERS of war have had little to smile about at times but the Federal Budget has brought some cheer to those who live on.

As of September 20, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs will introduce a new Prisoner of War Recognition Supplement.

The $500 fortnightly payment provides special recognition of former prisoners of war in Japan, Korea and Europe.

Jack Farrell enlisted as a 20-year-old, became a POW with the capitulation of Singapore in 1942 and spent three-and-a-half years as a prisoner of the Japanese.

He worked on the infamous Burma railroad at the Thailand end and was later transferred to an island off the Japanese coast to mine coal.

Life for the 90-year-old Maryborough resident has been intense and he continues to live it to the full – something the extra $500 will help him and his wife, Eileen, to do.

“We don't drink or gamble or smoke so we can use the money to buy a few things for the house and some clothes between us.”

The new supplement will be in addition to any existing DVA payment.

It will be exempt from the income test and tax-free.

For information contact DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254.



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