Funding to help our RSL clubs help veterans and soldiers
GYMPIE is about to take a bite out of $72k in funding for veterans groups across the Wide Bay.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien today announced the funding will be provided for advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families, war widows and widowers.
The Gympie RSL sub-branch will receive $16,590, the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch will receive $9,799 and the Mary Valley RSL Sub-branch will receive $1,720.
The Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub-branch will take the greatest piece of the funding, with $24,600 going towards the club.
"The Australian Government's Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program enables local ex-service organisations to continue to provide help, advice and support to the veteran community,” Mr O'Brien said.
"The grants assist veterans and their families by improving access to the help and resources they need when making claims for pensions and other benefits.
He said the BEST grants would make a real difference in the lives of veterans and Defence personnel, providing essential services from a trusted source.
"The grants will be used to help fund salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, office supplies, computer equipment, internet access and other administrative needs,” Mr O'Brien said.
"BEST grants help pension and welfare officers to provide assistance to veterans, war widows and widowers, as well as current and former Defence members and their dependants, when lodging claims with the Department of Veterans' Affairs or pursuing an appeal.”