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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Ken O'Dowd MP
Member for Flynn


9 October 2018

Joint media release — RSL sub-branches key to continued veteran engagement

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester and Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd today commended Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub-Branches for continuing to play an important role in assisting veterans and their families to gain access to veterans' services and programs.

Mr Chester and Mr O'Dowd joined Gracemere RSL members in a breakfast acknowledging the long history of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and the RSL working together.

"The RSL has been supporting veterans for more than 100 years and its Sub-Branches are vital in making sure veterans remain active and involved," Mr Chester said.

"Our Government is committed to supporting our 290,000 veterans and their families, and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver essential services and programs."

Mr O'Dowd said the Gracemere RSL does great work in its local community advocating for and briefing veterans on issues relevant to them.

"They also host a number of ceremonial events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, conduct welfare activities, and host social activities for members to integrate with the wider community," Mr O'Dowd said.

"RSL Sub-Branches are important channels for keeping veterans and their families informed about initiatives such as the transformation and reform process under way at the Department of Veterans' Affairs."

More information about DVA's engagement with the ex-service community and ex-service organisations is available on the DVA website.


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