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$220,000 to help Queensland's veteran community.

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DVA71 Wednesday, 2 August, 2000

$220 000 To help Queensland's Veteran Community

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Bruce Scott, presented 10 Queensland ex-service organisations with grants totalling $223 112 from the Federal Government today to help the local veteran community.

Mr Scott approved the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program grants administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

BEST is closely linked with DVA’s Training Information Program, which assists in the training and support of ex-service organisation welfare officers, pensions officers and advocates. The program enables greater integration between training and the provision of infrastructure.

"Ex-service organisations play a vital role in supporting veterans and their dependants in making claims for repatriation benefits and through the appeals process," he said.

"BEST provides funding that ensures these organisations have the resources to provide and maintain quality services to their members."

Mr Scott said the BEST funding be used to meet the cost of employing advocates, leasing computer equipment and IT support for veteran’s advice services.

Queensland organisations to receive BEST grants are:

RSL Queensland Branch - $70 000 ● Brisbane Legacy - $44 514 ● Moreton District Ex-service Support Group - $42 392 ● RSL Brisbane North District Ex-service Support Centre - $31 606 ●

Gaythorne/Samford RSL Ex-service Support Centre - $23 210 ● Naval Association of Australia Queensland - $4782 ● Incapacitated Servicemen and Women’s Association - $1976 ● Regular Defence Force Welfare Association Queensland - $1720 ●

RSL Kedron Wavell Sub-Branch - $1606 ● Everyman’s Welfare Service Ltd - $1306 ●

"The BEST program honours the Government’s commitment to make the veterans’ claims process fairer, easier to understand and more efficient," Mr Scott said.

"These grants are part of $1.613m in BEST funding allocated for 2000-2001, with $5.6 million committed over four years to support ex-service organisations through improved

resources and training programs."

Media Contact: Mark Croxford 02 6277 7820 or 0408 645 787


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