Vets support integration on table
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.