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Get active this Veteran’s Health Week

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Veteran’s Health Week kicked off on Saturday, October 16, with more than 720 events that focus on veteran wellbeing taking place across the country.

The Federal Government has provided a record $540,000 in funding for Veterans’ Health Week, which will see activities continue until the end of November and deliver a range of events that focus on the overall health of veterans and their families.

Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Minister

Andrew Gee said this year’s theme, Get Moving, would promote physical health and encourage veterans and their families to stay active.

“I’m delighted that this year’s Veterans’ Health Week is the biggest yet, with ex-service organisati­ons and community groups coming together to host more than 720 events around the country,” Mr Gee said.

“Veterans and their families and friends can take part in as many activities as they like and there are plenty of options on offer, so I encourage everyone to check out what’s on and get moving.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said veterans in regional Victoria could get involved in several events.

“This year’s focus on physical activity offers a fantastic opportunit­y for veterans to make new connection­s with other veterans and their families while having some fun in the process,” Ms McKenzie said.

“I encourage all our local veterans, current serving personnel, and their families to check out what events are happening in the area, or online, and put your hand up to participat­e.

“You can take part in activities like the Beechworth RSL’s veterans gorge walk or the Ballarat Legacy Veterans Health Week 2021 Luncheon for example.”

▯ For more informatio­n on attending a Veterans’ Health Week event, including a list of activities near you, visit the DVA website dva.gov.au/vhw, phone DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or email

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