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Grant to provide veterans with better services.

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Andrew Southcott MP

Federal Member for Boothby

Grant to provide veterans with better services

14 February 2003

A Federal Government Veteran & Community Grant has provided South Australian veterans with expert information on subjects as diverse as men’s health, 4WDing, leadlighting and line dancing.

Federal Member for Boothby Andrew Southcott MP presented the South Australian Branch of the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation, with a $10,588 grant at the Federation’s Warradale headquarters today.

Veteran & Community Grants are administered by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs to help develop projects that provide practical support to members of the veteran community.

“This grant will help the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation South Australian Branch boost its current social program and to hold seminars and film days, all of which encourage social interaction, better health and reduced social isolation,” Dr Southcott said.

“The Federation has used the funding to purchase audio visual equipment which will be used to offer members seminars and presentations which promote healthier lifestyles.

“A much-needed public address system, which contributes to the smooth running of the Federation’s entertainment and presentation days which often attract gatherings of up to 350 people, has also been purchased.”

The need for audio visual equipment became apparent following survey feedback and enquiries from members indicated a need to offer more information on health and lifestyle.

Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans Federation SA Branch, Mr Des Smith, said the grant has enabled the Federation to provide expert videos on subjects as diverse as 4WDing, leadlighting, line dancing and quilting.

“It’s brought the whole veterans community together and allowed them to view a whole lot of different information including outstanding videos on men’s health and how to look after yourself into the future,” Mr Smith said.

“Australia owes a debt of gratitude to its veterans for their wartime service and sacrifice and their continuing contribution to the community,” Dr Southcott said.

Authorised by Andrew Southcott MP, 760 Marion Road, Marion SA 5043