Vets sup­port in­te­gra­tion on ta­ble

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives -

WA Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans Is­sues Peter Tin­ley will ask how vet­er­ans’ as­sis­tance can be in­te­grated when he meets with Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs Dan Te­han next month.

As re­ported in the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly last week, the Fed­eral Bud­get was cau­tiously wel­comed by vet­er­ans groups when Can­berra said $350 mil­lion would go to ad­dress­ing men­tal health is­sues cre­ated by of­ten mul­ti­ple de­ploy­ments to con­flicts in the past three decades.

Mr Tin­ley, a former Swan­bourne-based SAS Reg­i­ment of­fi­cer, said any in­crease in fund­ing was wel­come, but the Fed­eral Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs had the “clear” re­spon­si­bil­ity to help.

“Fund­ing is just the start of the con­ver­sa­tion, and what is im­por­tant is where and how the fund­ing is used,” he said.

Some vet­er­ans have asked if they can use Can­berra’s new Younger Vet­er­ans Grants, with $4 mil­lion al­lo­cated in the Fed­eral Bud­get, to fund op­er­a­tions such as find­ing vet­er­ans on the street, car­ing for those lost to al­co­hol or drugs or fam­ily break­downs.

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