Hobart veterans win grant funding

VETERAN organisations in Hobart have received a funding boost in the latest round of Veteran and Community Grants Program, and the Building Excellence in Support and Training grants program.

The grants range from $4000 to $87,000 for these veteran groups, with the Veteran and Community Grants being used for activities and services that improve the health and wellbeing of members in the veteran community.

The Building Excellence in Support and Training grants support ex-service organisations to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the Defence and veteran communities.

The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women was one group that was successful in this round.

The group was awarded $12,674.48, which will be used to fund a number of bus trips to reduce social isolation and purchase 10 bar stools for use at the social club among other things.

Other successful organisations included the Tasmanian branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia, Tasmanian Ex-Service and Serving Support Association (Tessa) Inc, and Hobart Legacy.

“Australia’s veteran community ranges from our Second World War veterans and war widows through to contemporary veterans with young families,” Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said.

“It is programs such as this that help veterans and their families to continue to live a healthy and independent lifestyle—something of incredible importance with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

“This funding not only supports local veterans and their families, but has a growing effect within our communities, by supporting local employment and businesses.

“These programs, which are provided through local organisations, are an important factor in ensuring veterans and their families continue to get the support that they need.”

Caption: From left, Senator Eric Abetz with The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women president Graham Halton.

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