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Proposed hub for veterans and families gets $50,000 grant

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RSL LifeCare Veteran Services will get a $50,000 grant from the federal government to develop a business case to establish a Tweed/North Coast hub.

The grant comes following a successful application, supported by RSL NSW.

The business case will outline the operational and management plans for a new hub for veterans and their families, tailored to the needs of the local community.

Hub services may include mental and physical health services, wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing and homelessness support, and social connection.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh, said the grant means RSL LifeCare Veteran Services will be able to undertake further consultation with key local veteran, family and service provider stakeholders. ’This will allow them to identify local needs and opportunities and maximise benefits for veterans and families across the Tweed/North Coast region of NSW,’ he said.

A strong understanding of veteran community needs

‘RSL LifeCare Veteran Services and RSL NSW have a strong understanding of veteran community needs, with four similar facilities around New South Wales.’

Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, said we have a large ex-service population in the region with more than 3,000 veterans and families, including many older veterans and war widows.

‘Having tailored veteran support and services accessible locally are so important to improving the health, wellbeing, and economic outcomes of those who bravely served our nation,’ she said.

For more information about Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs, visit: www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs

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  1. Another fifty thousand ( $ 50,000 ) wasted on consultants.

    Supposedly to benefit the WAR CRIMINALS who invaded Vietnam.

    When will this insanity stop ? G”)

    • How very empathetic to a group of fellow Australians who, before they were even officially adults, were conscripted, sent over to a hell hole of a war then returned to the scorn of a nation they were told it was their duty to serve.

      I marched against the VietNam war in the 70s but there was plenty of credence given to the Domino theory and plenty of young men who would have had no idea what was going on. How easy it is to stand in judgement. Perhaps time for some perspective in old age. There are likely also to be Korean War veterans still around.

      What’s wrong with a nation acknowledging some issues of redress?

  2. Don’t talk to me about ’empathy’ Lizard.
    I was there, I was conscripted but I at least had the guts to refuse to murder innocent Vietnamese, whose only crime was they wanted their country back from the French Colonialists.
    Domino theory my A..s.nobody believed that ..everybody could see what was happening on the seven o’clock news, it was a shooting match between helicopters, carpet-bombing, 245T and napalm, against peasant farmers fighting for their country……and they WON.
    Redress ? Hell yes ! We owe the people of Vietnam for a generation of torture and death.
    I see your ’empathy’ is entirely miss-placed. G”)


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