Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen brought Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan along to Diggers Day at the Beenleigh RSL to hear from local veterans today.
“We are lucky to have a strong and vibrant veteran community in Forde,” Mr van Manen said.
“Today’s visit was an opportunity for our local veterans to talk to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs about the issues that are important to them.
“It was also a valuable opportunity to spread the message about the support and services available to veterans in our community.”
Mr van Manen is encouraging local businesses and organisations to take up opportunities on offer to support former ADF personnel.
“Last year Malcolm Turnbull launched the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program to help the private sector recognise the unique talents our former ADF personnel can bring to the workplace,” Mr van Manen said.
“I encourage any business in the Forde electorate to think about how a veteran could add value to their business and to register their business with the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program via the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
“There are also numerous DVA grants available to organisations that support veterans and I encourage those interested to contact my office for assistance in applying.
Mr Tehan said the Government was focussed on delivering improved services and support to all veterans.
“In this year’s budget the Government made treatment for all mental conditions free for anyone who has served one day in the full-time ADF,” Mr Tehan said.
“This programme is fully funded, completely uncapped and eligible veterans do not have to prove their condition is related to their service.
“The Government has also made the first serious investment in years into improving the claims process for veterans, with $166.6 million towards making DVA a 21st century Department with a 21st century service culture.
“This includes a significant investment in upgrading DVA’s computer systems and processes. Claims and wait times will be cut by this investment, something that is long overdue.”