Gippsland veterans were among hundreds of delegates at the Victorian RSL state conference addressed by local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester, who is Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, told the conference there was a need for more community partnerships to support government initiatives regarding veteran health and wellbeing.
“The Federal Government provides more than $11 billion per year to assist about 290,000 veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.
“We’re committed to putting veterans first, but the Federal Government doesn’t have all the solutions.
“As a Minister and a local Member of Parliament for Gippsland, I’m keen to work in partnership with the RSL sub-branches and local community groups to improve services for veterans and their families.”
Mr Chester told the conference he was focussed on supporting younger veterans as they transitioned from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.
“It can be a difficult time in a young veteran’s life when they leave the military, but they have a range of skills which are often good for business.
“We need to promote the employment of veterans in the community and provide support services if they are required.”