Minister Gee – $4.35 million additional support for veteran groups across Australia

The Department of Veterans' Affairs

127 veteran groups around Australia will benefit from more than $4.35 million in additional funding through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the funding would help ex-service organisations (ESOs) continue to deliver the highest quality advocacy services and support.

“This additional funding will help these groups provide local veterans even greater transition support, assistance with claims and entitlements, and access to services such as rehabilitation and wellbeing programs,” Minister Gee said.

“This is an extra investment in the health and wellbeing of our veterans and their families, and will make a real difference to those on the ground, providing critical support and resources.

“This year has been particularly tough for many veterans and this funding boost demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to our ESOs and the veteran community.

“Australian War Widows Queensland, Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc and Veterans Centre Mid-North Coast Incorporated are just some of ESOs receiving support through the program.

“I’d like to thank all local ESOs as they continue to provide this vital support for local veterans.”

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