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Government committed to improving transition

IMPROVING the way veterans transition into civilian life will continue to be a major focus for the Coalition Government following the Federal Budget.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester met with the Western Australian veteran community at the annual RSL WA State Congress in Perth today.

“While many members transition very successfully, for some it is more difficult, especially those who are medically discharged from the ADF,” Mr Chester told the conference.

“We know the best type of support for our ex-service men and women is the economic independence that comes with a job.

“That’s why we are investing $8.3 million to further develop, promote and implement the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program and to support veterans’ transition to civilian life.”

Mr Chester said of that funding $4.3 million will provide additional services to help and support veterans enter the broader workforce.

“The new Budget funding will deliver services to help veterans find employment by providing additional support with résumé and interview preparation, translating ADF skills into civilian competencies, as well as tailored mentoring and coaching services,” Mr Chester said.

“I’ve seen up close the professionalism, the dedication, the leadership, the patriotism, and the pride in our nation. Now what employer wouldn’t want those skills in their workplace?”

Mr Chester also discussed the upcoming Invictus Games to be held in Sydney from 20 to 27 October, following yesterday’s announcement of the 72-member Australian team.

“The games use the power of sport to motivate recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of the sacrifices made by those who serve their country,” he said.

Mr Chester also announced that the RSL WA branch had been awarded funding under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants program.

The $30,510 grant will enable the Highgate RSL Sub-branch to create a Remembrance Walk app for use by visitors to the WA State War Memorial Precinct in Kings Park, Perth.