Pike welcomes funding for veteran support

Pike welcomes funding for veteran support

Federal Member for Bowman, Henry Pike, has announced that Redlands RSL will receive over $100,000 in funding for advocacy services through a Department of Veteran Affairs grant.

The Building Excellence in Support and Training Grant, established by the former Coalition Government, assists ex-service organisations with the provision of advocacy services to the Defence and veteran communities.

“This money will provide invaluable support for the RSL to provide for local advocates to give assistance and advice about claims, entitlements and services,” Mr Pike said.

“It will contribute towards the costs incurred in providing these services, and will greatly assist locals in navigating the complex processes involved in getting support.”

The DVA grant is available to help with salary costs of advocates, with equipment and with other costs incurred in supporting their work.

“The Returned & Services League Redlands Sub Branch, like so many RSL organisations throughout Queensland, is well respected for the work they do in the local veteran community,” Mr Pike said.

“Over $100,000 of federal support will make a real difference to those on the ground working with our veterans and their families to improve their quality of life.”

“Last week local veterans marked a year since the fall of Kabul, and 56 years since the Battle of Long Tan.”

“We need to recognise that we have a whole new generation of local veterans coming through who have served in some of the most challenging areas of operations that Australia has been involved in.”

“Australia owes a significant debt to our servicemen and women and I am pleased to see some more local investment to support them in accessing services.”