Tehan Media Release – Veterans helping veterans receive $4m boost

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today (24 August 2016) announced more than $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

“The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program will support 144 ex-service organisations (ESO) across Australia to continue providing help and advice to the veteran community,” Mr Tehan said.

“This funding helps committed organisations continue their essential work – veterans, helping veterans, when they need it and from people they trust.

“BEST grants fund ESOs for a range of veteran support measures, including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access and other administrative needs.

“The Government is committed to providing ongoing support for our many veterans, war widows and widowers, current serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.”

For more information on BEST grants visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.

Note: A list of grant recipients can be found here.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 45 46). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

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