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Thousand's More Veterans Eligible for a Regional Seniors Travel Card

posted Apr 29, 2020, 7:47 PM by 2MG Real FM
More seniors are set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card, with thousands of veterans now eligible to apply for the card.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole says applications are now open for more veterans receiving a pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to benefit from the card.

He says that while they are urging seniors to stay home as much as possible and encouraging everyone to cancel any non-essential travel during the COVID-19 situation, it is vital that eligible seniors with no other means of transport can still access important medical appointments or get to the shops for supplies.

Eligibility criteria for the card has been widened to include seniors who have reached the Age Pension age and are receiving one of the following pensions from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

• Service Pension
• Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
• War Widow(er)’s Pension.

These new recipients join people receiving the Age Pension and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders in being eligible for the card. Applicants must also live in regional NSW outside of Sydney, and the Newcastle and Wollongong City LGAs.

Eligible seniors have until 30 November to apply for a card in 2020, and 12 months to use their card from activation. 

With the latest health advice and risks associated with COVID-19, seniors are encouraged to apply online at service.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88 rather than visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.

(Right: Minister Paul Toole)

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