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DEFENCE FORCE ADVOCATE BENEFITS FROM GRANT

DEFENCE FORCE ADVOCATE BENEFITS FROM GRANT

The Mudgee branch of the Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association (VVPPA) has received a welcome boost as the recipient of a $9,053 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grant. 

Mudgee VVPPA manager Ken Atkinson said the funds were the perfect shot-in-the-arm for organisation, allowing them to upgrade some office equipment, while it will also assist with office administration costs. 

“We advocate on behalf of returning defence force veterans and work to improve their situation once they have exited the services,” Mr Atkinson explained. 

“This funding will allow us to be more efficient in the office with some new equipment and also provide administration support for the branch, so I can continue to work directly with our veterans across the region.” 

Mr Atkinson noted he represents about 150 veterans with the oldest at 87 years of age, while the youngest is just 19. 

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, thanked the VVPPA in Mudgee for the amazing work they did on behalf of veterans in the community. 

“They are a worthy recipient of this grant. Ken has spent six years in the role and has been responsible for changing many lives for the better during that time,” Mr Gee said. 

“Ken and his team work hard on behalf of so many people who have returned from service for their country. There is a real need for the VVPPA services across the region and Ken works tirelessly to represent these brave Australians. 

“BEST Grants are an important part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting ex-service organisations, providing compensation and welfare advocates the support they need to assist veterans and their families seek compensation and other assistance,” Mr Gee concluded. 

Further information is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs website – www.dva.gov.au