Tuesday, 30 June 2020

$161,000 funding for veteran advocacy services in Hinkler

Five ex-service organisations (ESOs) and other veteran groups in Hinkler – which provide advocacy services to veterans and their families – will share in more than $161,000 as part of the Governments Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said ESOs, community organisations and other local veteran groups play a crucial role in supporting the health and welfare of the veteran community.

“The BEST grants program provides these groups with an opportunity to expand on their services to further support veterans and their families,” Mr Pitt said.

“As part of this round of BEST, funding has been provided to Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay Sub-Branch, Veterans of Australia Association Inc., Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay City Sub-Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Bundaberg Sub Branch, and Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wide Bay & Burnett District Sub-Branch.

“I congratulate and thank these organisations who continually support veterans and their families, and encourage veterans who may require additional assistance to reach out to them.”

The BEST grants program funds a range of essential support measures from ESOs, advocates and welfare practitioners who continue to provide advice and assistance to the veteran and defence community. This round of BEST saw $4.2 million provided nationally to support organisations.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said staying connected with local ESOs and other veteran groups that provide advocacy services is vital in ensuring our veteran community is receiving the support they need.

“These organisations complement the support provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and show just how deeply the community is committed to putting veterans and their families first,” Mr Chester said.

“At this time more than ever, advocacy services through ESOs can help our veterans and their families with their claims, entitlements and other services.”

For more information on BEST grants visit the grants page on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website at www.dva.gov.au/grants.

Successful organisations in Hinkler:

Recipient

Amount

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay Sub-Branch

$56,123.96

Veterans of Australia Association Inc.

$69,393.82

Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay City Sub-Branch

$11,780.00

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Bundaberg Sub Branch

$6,821.98

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wide Bay & Burnett District Sub-Branch

$17,304.16

 

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