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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As 2013 comes to an end, I reaffirm the Government’s commitment to looking after our veterans and their families. The physical and mental health of veterans will continue to be a priority for the Australian Government in 2014 and beyond.

We are committed to providing the support and services needed to manage the mental health impact from recent conflicts such as Afghanistan.

The families of veterans play a key role by encouraging early intervention to deal with mental health issues. Family members are often the first to recognise when their veteran family member needs further support.

Across the Christmas period, Veterans and their families can continue to access the following support services by:

From 1 January 2014, Department of Veterans’ Affairs education allowance recipients will receive up to an additional $17 per fortnight, due to annual indexation and the first payment of the Clean Energy Supplement. The first full payments at the new rates will be on 9 January 2014.

This increase will help many young people in the veteran and defence communities with the cost of secondary and tertiary education.

For a full list of payments or more information on the Clean Energy Supplement, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

On behalf of my family, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Media inquiries:    Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

                              Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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