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Louise Markus congratulates War Widows Guild.

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Louise Markus MP Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Speaking at the official opening of the War Widows Guild of Australia Biennial Conference, Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, Louise Markus MP said that the War Widows Guild of Australia is an inspiration and congratulated the organisation on its long history and success.

“The Guild began with craft classes for widows as a way for the widows to supplement their pension and support their families. Who would have thought the art of crafting humble socks and gloves would have led to an organisation that over 63 years, has provided housing, advocacy, social services, a “listening” ear, friendship, mateship and support, to thousands of women made widows when their veteran partner passed away” said Louise Markus

“From the Guild’s establishment in 1945 to today, the Guild has made sure, that while the journey without a loved one has been long, members of the War Widows Guild have never walked alone”

Commenting on her role as Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Louise said her priorities in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio are ensuring veterans’ entitlements are not eroded, health especially mental health programs, transition programs to civilian life, family support and the special needs of our younger veterans and servicemen and women.

Issues raised at the conference included social isolation, health services and strategies to encourage younger war widows to join the organisation.

“There are 108,023 war widows/widower and the War Widows Guild has worked tirelessly to improve the well-being of its 25,000 members and their families” said Louise Markus.