The Echuca-Moama Veterans Centre and Goulburn Valley Veterans Centre have each received Federal Government funding that will further support local veterans and their families.

They are among 127 ex-service organisations (ESOs) nationally that are sharing in $4.35 million through the latest round of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said EMVC would receive $8900 and GVVC $8338.

Mr Drum said ESOs play a crucial role for local veterans and their families, ensuring they are well supported.

“I would like to thank all ex-service organisations that provide advocacy services in Nicholls – they continue to provide vital services to our local veteran community,” Mr Drum said.

“These additional funds will help with the cost of support staff, equipment and services that directly support veterans and their families.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Andrew Gee, said the BEST program assists ESOs across Australia to deliver the highest quality services.

“This additional funding will help these groups provide veterans with even greater transition support, assistance with claims and entitlements, and access to services such as rehabilitation and wellbeing programs,” Mr Gee said.

“It will make a real difference to those on the ground, providing critical support and resources for veterans in the Goulburn Valley.

“This year has been tough for many and this funding boost is a clear commitment of the Federal Government’s ongoing support for our ESOs and the local veteran community.”

To apply for future rounds of the BEST program or for further information, including a full list of successful recipients, visit the Community Grants Hub website.


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