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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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18 October 2017

Addressing Legacy’s national conference

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today told Legacy’s national conference how the Government’s significant investment in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) was improving the services provided to veterans and their families.

Mr Tehan said the Government had provided DVA with an additional $350 million in this year’s budget, including $166.6 million to turn DVA into a, “21st century Department with a 21st century service culture”.

“The transformation of DVA will put veterans at the centre of its operations and deliver a simpler, better and more efficient experience for veterans in their dealings with DVA,” Mr Tehan said.

“A further $8.5 million was provided to expand eligibility for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service to cover the partners and children of our contemporary veterans, who have had one day of full-time service.”

Mr Tehan also paid tribute to the important work Legacy does to support veterans and their families.

“Since the 1920s, Legacy has provided essential support to the families of servicemen and women killed in war or subsequent to war,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our veterans, their families and the Australian community are grateful to Legacy and I encourage the organisation to use this opportunity to plan how Legacy will be around for many, many more years to come.”

Media enquiries:

  • Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466

 

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.