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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

31 August 2019

Supporting veterans' families this Legacy Week

Tomorrow marks the start of Legacy Week, the annual national appeal to support the families of veterans who have given their life or health for this country.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester will join Legacy Australia in officially launching this year's Legacy Week at the Australian War Memorial and lay a wreath to acknowledge all families and reflect on the important role they play.

"On Monday I have the privilege of representing the Australian Government at the Australian War Memorial to help launch this very important fundraising week for Legacy Australia," Mr Chester said.

"Families play a crucial part in supporting veterans, especially in challenging times, and they face their own unique challenges as a result of this," Mr Chester said.

"It is important we all do our bit to help organisations like Legacy which is committed to looking after these families.

"Every year since 1942, Legacy volunteers across Australia fundraise for the families of veterans who have sacrificed so much during their service.

"The money raised will go towards helping the families of service personnel whose strength and resilience play a key part in offering support for veterans.

"I encourage everyone to support Legacy Week and buy a badge, and to think about how we can come together in our own community and support veterans and their families."

Legacy Week will help around 60,000 beneficiaries through funding essential services and help provide educational resources to children. Legacy Week 2019 runs from Sunday, 1 September to Saturday, 7 September, with Badge Day on Friday, 6 September.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT

Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au