| May 24, 2018

FUNDING APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR VETERANS’ HEALTH WEEK 2018

NUTRITION will be the theme for this year’s Veterans’ Health week with funding for applications to support events highlighting the week now open for Ex-Service organisations (ESOs) and community groups.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester and Member for Murray, Damian Drum said Veterans’ Health Week in September was a fantastic opportunity for Ex-Service organisations and community groups to positively engage with veterans in their communities and promote the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

“We know that nutrition leads to improved health and better lifestyle outcomes, for not just for our veterans, but everyone” Mr Drum said.

“This year’s Veterans’ Health Week will highlight the importance of improving and maintaining good nutritional health. I encourage everyone to get behind Veterans’ Health Week events to make it a great success.

“Our local ex-service organisations and community groups provide fantastic ongoing support, engagement and information to the veteran and ex-service community. We recognise their efforts and commend their ongoing contributions to our community,” Mr Drum said.

Veterans’ Health Week focuses on providing ongoing support, engagement and information to the veteran and ex-service communities in a positive and enjoyable environment.

“Any ESO or community group with a link to the broader veteran community is eligible to apply and are encouraged to partner with other organisations that promote healthy, active and engaged lifestyles,” Mr Chester said.

“Think outside the square and get creative, activities like cooking and sharing a meal is also a great way to learn new skills, meet people, share recipes and try fresh and healthy food options.”

Veterans’ Health Week will run from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 30 September 2018. Applications for funding close on 29 June 2018.

The Veterans’ Health Week funding application form, resource guide and other documentation to assist event organisers are now available on the DVA website: dva.gov.au/veterans-health-week.

Interested parties are also welcome to contact DVA on 1800 555 254 for further information.

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