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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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4 May 2017

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced $4.25 million for a grants program to support younger veterans.

The Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grants Program will provide $4.25 million over five years to ex-service organisations to encourage partnerships that will deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans.

“The Government recognises the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they leave the military,” Mr Tehan said.

“That is why we have taken steps to make the transition process easier by ensuring all personnel have the appropriate documentation when they leave the ADF and why we launched the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program to help our veterans realise their full skills and potential in their post-service careers.

“This new grant program delivers another election commitment to support the needs of younger veterans as they leave the ADF and will provide resources to raise awareness of the important issues faced by younger veterans.”

Applications for a special round of SYV grants totalling $250,000 will close on 26 May 2017, and successful applicants will be announced in June 2017. Future rounds of the grants will open 1 July each year, commencing 2017, and will close 1 September each year, until 2020.

Applicants can apply for grants through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website at www.dva.gov.au. Follow the Consultation and Grants/Grants link to the Supporting Younger Veterans section.

Media enquiries:

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.