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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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29 August 2016

Australians urged to support Legacy during annual appeal

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to Legacy for its important work supporting families of veterans.

Mr Tehan will lay a wreath during a ceremony today at the Australian War Memorial to mark the launch of Legacy Week.
“Legacy is a non-profit organisation established by the ex-service community that is well known for the comfort it provides grieving families,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Australian Government and Legacy share a common goal, which is providing the best possible care and support to ex-serving members of the ADF and their families.

“During Legacy Week from 28 August to 3 September, I encourage Australians to make a contribution to assist Legacy continue its important work, which supports some 80,000 widows and 1,800 children, with services such as counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

“Legacy has made a real difference to the lives of thousands of families who have lost someone who served our country. It is important work and another way Australia honours the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our country.”

Donations help support educational activities for children through contributions to school fees, books, uniforms and other activities.

For more information on Legacy, including where to buy a badge, to donate or volunteer to collect, call 1800 534 229.

Media Contacts:

Minister Tehan’s office – Byron Vale 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

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.