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Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

The Hon Darren Chester MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Minister for Defence Personnel Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

29 August 2018

EX-SERVICE ORGANISATIONS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

MORE than $3.8 million in funding will be provided to veteran organisations providing essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families along with war widows and widowers through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said ex-service organisations (ESOs) were making a real difference in the lives of veterans and Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, by providing essential services they need and this funding will go a long way to continue this.

“I am pleased to announce that this year the BEST grants program will support 159 ex-service organisations across Australia to continue providing support and advice to the veteran community,” Mr Chester said.

“The ESO community in Australia plays an essential role in supporting our veterans and this funding helps these organisations continue their essential work - veterans helping other veterans, when they need it.

“Congratulations to all successful organisations and thank you for the work that you do to support our veterans and their families.”

Mr Chester said BEST grants fund ESOs for a range of veteran support measures, including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access or other administrative needs.

“This Government is committed to providing ongoing support for our many veterans, war widows and widowers, current serving ADF personnel and their families by delivering the essential services they rely on,” Mr Chester said.

For more information on BEST grants visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.

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Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

Office of the Hon. Darren Chester MP, Canberra.

Note: A list of grant recipients is attached. All figures are GST exclusive. In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.