Support for younger veterans in Gippsland provided through the Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre will be bolstered with fresh Federal Government support.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today announced funding of $38,500 for the Sale RSL and Community Sub-Branch to establish additional support services and employ a part-time coordinator at the welfare centre in MacAlister Street, Sale.
Mr Chester said the additional services would target younger veterans as they left the Australian Defence Force and integrated back into civilian life.
“The government is focused on supporting younger veterans when they leave the military and to help them find post-service employment,” Mr Chester said.
“There are a number of unique challenges facing young veterans with the transition into civilian employment. This support centre will make a real difference in the lives of our local veterans.”
Sale RSL and Community Sub-Branch Vice-President Marty Tanzer said the funding would be used to buy furniture, create a program of outdoor activities for the veterans and their families, and employ the part-time coordinator.
“The centre will link in with Soldier On, an organisation founded to help the community to support modern day veterans and their families, and with the Victorian RSL Active Program, a program that provides events and activities for the younger veteran community,” Mr Tanzer said.
“Research has shown that our younger veterans like to get outdoors and stay physically active, so our events program will include activities like archery, golf, kayaking and other activities that they can do with their families.”
The Sale RSL and Community Sub-Branch will also receive $1300 in Federal Government funding for three commemorative plaques to be mounted on its memorial wall.
The plaques will commemorate 15 years since the start of the Second Gulf War to remember Australians who served in Iraq and Afghanistan; 70 years since Australia’s first peacekeeping mission, and 75 years since a number of massacres of Australians during World War Two, including the 1942 Bangka Island massacre of 22 nurses.
The grant of $38,500 is being provided through the Federal Government’s Supporting Younger Veterans grants program.