More than $1 million in mental health support for younger veterans

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SUPPORT for the mental health needs of younger veterans has today received a boost with more than $1 million in grants or eight projects which will be delivered by ex-service organisations (ESOs) and other veteran community organisations.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the latest round of the Supporting Younger Veterans grants has provided funding to projects that support the development of well-researched and tailored services and programs for younger veterans who may be at risk of experiencing poor mental health.

"The Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and it's important that we work with the veteran and ex-service community to ensure support is provided to veterans and their families at grassroots level, when and where they need it," Mr Chester said.

"These projects include employment, education, recreational, sports, social connectedness and digital supports—all great initiatives offering real support to veterans.

"Congratulations to all of the successful applicants and thank you to all who have applied and continue to support this important program."

DVA recognises the potential impact coronavirus may have on recipients completing their projects with social distancing and other public health measures in place across the country.

The grants offer will be available for the initial 12-month period, however if the organisation requires more time to complete their project due to coronavirus, DVA will consider  extending the  length of the agreement on a case-by-case basis.

This flexibility will ensure all of the successful organisations can deliver their projects within a reasonable timeframe and continue to deliver great support their local veteran community.

 
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