Rio 2016: Paralympic rowers Kathryn Ross and Gavin Bellis determined to win


Fom the ABC..

'It doesn't mean your life is over'

Mr Bellis is living with a rare degenerative disease called Spinocerobellar Ataxia. It is a hereditary disease which blocks communication between the brain and the spinal chord, causing a loss of physical control.

Invariably it leads to life in a wheelchair; there is no cure and more often than not it is fatal.

The symptoms first appeared 12 years ago while he was serving in the army.

"I was going for a run around the airfield on the Solomon Islands and I took off and started running and ran ten metres and my legs hit each other, and I was on my hands and knees on the ground and couldn't work out what was going on," he said.
When he was diagnosed, he was medically discharged from the army.

"That was pretty hard for me to take," he told the ABC's 7.30 program.

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The National Association wishes both all the best in Rio.

Addressing maintenance constraints within the Armoured Cavalry Regiments (ACR) is the initial focus of Plan Centaur – the most comprehensive and significant improvement program in 30 years to consider the way RAEME may deliver maintenance to Army in the future.

On behalf of the RAEME guys deployed here in Afghanistan I would like to extend a huge thank you for the Spanner Packs we received today. As we work hand in hand with our REME brethren from 2 Scots, it is very easy to establish that the work done by our association members and sponsors supporting deployed members is truly world class!


Sir Angus Houston Launches Ex-Service Organisations Research Mapping Project (ESOMP)

CAPTAIN Reg Saunders

Sir Angus said, "Every veteran and their family, regardless of their age or experience, should be able to access services that meet their needs. It is imperative that we find the people that are slipping through the gaps, particularly those in regional areas, as they volunteered their services for our country in its time of need." The research project is aimed at mapping the needs of veterans and their families, determining the range of services provided by ESOs and identifying any gaps or overlaps in those services. This project will be undertaken by an independent organisation, the Aspen Foundation.