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$253,000 benefits the Victorian veteran community.

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The Hon. Danna Vale MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Media Release

Saturday, 31 May 2003 VA053


Organisations that provide care and support to the Victorian veteran community would receive Federal funding of more than $253,000, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale, announced today.

Mrs Vale said 21 Victorian organisations would receive funding under the Federal Government’s Veteran & Community Grants, for projects including a social support telephone service, a community service bus with wheelchair access, a healthy lifestyle program and equipment to start a day club.

“Veteran & Community Grants provide important assistance to projects that aim to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families,” Mrs Vale said.

“Projects that receive funding are wide ranging and include health education, lifestyle improvement, community activities, carer support and programs to help veterans live independently at home.

“In the 2003-04 Federal Budget the Howard Government delivered $6.2 million for Veteran & Community Grants over the next four years.

“Australia owes a debt of gratitude to its veterans and service personnel for their service and sacrifice in times of war and conflict and their continuing contribution to our community,” Mrs Vale said.

“Through Veteran & Community Grants we are helping to repay that debt by providing practical assistance to ensure veterans, war widows and their dependents have access to a full range of community services.

“By providing increased services and facilities for the veteran community, the benefits also flow on to the wider community.”

The Minister said the funding announced today was part of more than $912,000 in Veteran & Community Grants allocated for projects across Australia.

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