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Community and ex-service organisations can now apply for help to provide ongoing services and support for younger veterans.   

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants program recognised the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel at the conclusion of their service.

“We are finding that some of our younger veterans are struggling when their military careers end,” Mr Chester said.

“In this second round of the grants program, $1 million is available for projects that build community support and look after the unique needs of younger veterans transitioning to civilian life.”

Applications are invited for a range of initiatives including mentoring, team building, self-improvement and creative activities that promoted social inclusion and peer-to-peer support for younger veterans.

“The enthusiastic response to the first round of this grant program resulted in 11 projects being funded ranging from art, writing and higher education programs to research and support for emergency accommodation,” Mr Chester said. 

“The Coalition Government is committed to honouring the legacy of all our veterans. One way we can honour that sacrifice and the service of previous generations is to look after today’s veterans.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the SYV grants program would provide $4.25 million over five years and delivered another election commitment to support the needs of younger veterans as they left the ADF. 

“We understand that younger servicemen and women face unique transition challenges as they leave the ADF and integrate back into civilian life. These grants will assist in raising awareness of the important issues facing younger veterans,” said Mr Tehan.

Applications for this round of SYV grants close on September 1. The successful applicants will be announced later in the year.

For information, visit www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants or by calling the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254.

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