Boosting wellbeing of veterans

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced this week more than half a million dollars in funding for 62 projects to benefit the health and welfare of veterans across Australia.

Mr Snowdon said the funding was part of the federal government’s Veteran and Community Grants program, which provides support for ex-service and community organisations.

“I am pleased to announce $555,589 has been allocated towards 62 projects around the country that help veterans, war widows and widowers lead healthier and more fulsome lives,” he said.

“This funding will assist a range of initiatives and activities, from undertaking bus trips to reduce social isolation, to purchasing equipment to produce community newsletters and enhance social activities.”

Veteran and Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations to support projects that aim to improve the independence and quality of life for the veteran community.

Since 2008, the federal government has supported more than 1,200 organisations with  over $13.6 million in funding.

“It is important the ex-service community has access to activities and programs to give them skills to remain independent, healthy and active, particularly for the elderly living by themselves,” Mr Snowdon said.

“These projects improve access to community care services, encourage social interaction and ultimately enrich the lives of Australian veterans, young and old.

“I encourage local and community organisations to apply for funding to ensure our veterans continue to engage in a healthy lifestyle.”

Organisations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or contact their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers).