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$94,000 for Naval Association to support ex serving personnel.



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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List.

VA077 Monday 28

July 2008

$94,000 FOR NAVAL ASSOCIATION TO SUPPORT EX SERVING PERSONNEL

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, today presented the Naval Association of Australia with a cheque for more than $94,000 to support their services to veteran and defence communities across Australia.

Speaking at the opening of the association’s Triennial Conference in Hobart, Mr Griffin said part of this funding would support local veterans in Tasmania.

“This Government wants to support Ex Service Organisations (ESOs) to support veterans, ex serving members and their families,” Mr Griffin said.

“Before the last election, we promised to rectify a lack of government support for ESOs wishing to keep their capital equipment, like computers, printers and internet access, up to date, and provided an additional $5 million in funding for this purpose.

“More than 250 ESOs have already benefited from this commitment, with more than $94,000 for Naval Associations across Australia, including $4859 for the local Tasmania Section to help purchase three computers and a printer.”

“Through my Department’s BEST program, ESOs can now access financial assistance to help fund staff, computers, office equipment and other resources they need to provide quality advice and guidance to the veteran and service communities.

Applications for the next annual BEST grants will open in early 2009.

For more information visit www.dva.gov.au/pensions/best&Tip/b&tindex.htm or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).

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Monday 28 July 2008