The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved with Bears to School since the campaign’s inception. The DVA previously granted Bears to School the right and privilege to use the protected term ‘Anzac’. There are clear regulations around the use of the word ‘Anzac‘ under the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 and penalties apply for the incorrect use of the term. Permission from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs is required to use the word ‘Anzac‘.
Bears to School was therefore thrilled to have the Minister, Darren Chester MP, add his message of support. Mr Chester, who is also the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, commented that:
“I commend initiatives like the Bears to School program, which encourages students to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in what so many hoped would be the ‘war to end all wars.”
“As we approach the Centenary of Armistice we must think about ways to engage future generations in the story of Australian men and women who served in the First World War. With the war now beyond living memory, we can no longer speak to those who witnessed the war first hand, but their stories remain with us … I thank you for your commitment to honouring our military history and to those who serve.”
Bears to School is also featured in the latest edition of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs newspaper VETAFFAIRS (Spring 2018).