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Sale RSL and Community Sub-branch has received Federal Government funding for a series of bus trips to help reduce social isolation.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $8,200 for the sub-branch to coordinate day trips and overnight excursions bringing together servicemen and women and their families, as well as war widows and their families.

“The branch will coordinate bus trips, some with overnight stays, to bring together RSL members, local veterans and legacy families from across the Wellington Shire,” Mr Chester said.

“This is a new approach to creating networks and an opportunity for veterans and family members to support each other.”

Sale RSL and Community Sub-branch Vice President Marty Tanzer said the branch was planning a day trip to Phillip Island to visit the Vietnam Veterans Museum; and longer trips to Canberra to the Australian War Memorial and Seymour to the Vietnam Veterans Walk.

“It’s a bit of trial, but we are putting the offer out there to provide some new opportunities to support local members,” Mr Tanzer said.

“We’ve done some research and looked at deals for accommodation to try and make the trips affordable for members from right across the region.

“Rather than fly or drive, this is an opportunity to jump on a coach and visit some key national attractions, with fellowship and networking benefits along the way.”

The funding is being provided through the Veteran and Community Grants (VCG) program, which funds projects that will improve the quality of life for veterans in local communities.

For more information about the Veteran and Community Grants program or to apply, visit the DVA website http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grantsor contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

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