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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Materiel
and
Mr Ewen Jones MP
Member for Herbert

Friday, 15 April 2016

Joint media release – Roundtable with Townsville's Ex-Service Organisations

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones has hosted a Roundtable with the new Veterans' Affairs Minister, Dan Tehan, and local Ex Service Organisations (ESOs) in Townsville.

As the largest Army base in the country, and home to thousands of veterans, from conflicts spanning decades across our country's military history, Mr Jones wanted to ensure local agencies had a chance to meet with the Veterans' Affairs Minister during his visit to Townsville.

"This has been an invaluable opportunity to speak directly with Ex-Service Organisations in Townsville and learn what works, what doesn't work and how the Government can continue to support the veterans' community best," Mr Tehan said.

Mr Jones said it was important he had the Veterans' Affairs Minister meet with local ESOs in Townsville, to hear first- hand their experiences with DVA and other government agencies dealing with veterans and their families.

"Being able to properly support our veterans and their families is a priority for the Turnbull Government," Mr Jones said.

"In Townsville, we also have a large younger veteran base, so we need to make sure we're providing adequate and appropriate support for them and their families. Having Minister Tehan here to meet with and speak to the groups who support our veterans is vitally important.

"During the Minister's visit to Townsville, he'll also be meeting with staff from the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, as well as visiting Lavarack Barracks and touring the Soldier Recovery Centre on base."

Media contacts:

Jessica Howe (Jones) 0418 762 307
Chloe Petch (Minister Tehan) 0477 395 356

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.