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Younger Veterans' Mental Wellbeing the Focus

Projects focused on mental health support for younger veterans will be prioritised in the next round of the Supporting Younger Veterans grants program.

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said the Supporting Younger Veterans grants help younger veterans and their families as they leave the Australian Defence Force and transition into civilian life.

"The Government is putting veterans and their families first and this grant program has been revised to support programs to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing," Ms Price said.

"One million dollars has been allocated in 2019–20 and priority will be given to funding activities that are based on well-researched, tailored services which meet the needs of younger veterans and their families who are at-risk of experiencing poor mental health.

"This funding encourages partnerships with ex-service organisations and recognises the important role they, and community groups, can play in delivering local solutions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the ex-service community."

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said funded organisations will be required to provide a detailed report to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) explaining how effective the funded projects were in helping younger veterans and their families.

"This information will allow DVA to continue to improve and deliver services that better meet the needs of younger veteran".

Applications are now open and will close on 1 October 2019. Further information, including the Community Grants Hub or Grant Connect web sites. Grant Opportunity Guidelines, Questions and Answers and details on how to apply are available on the

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Office of the Hon. Darren Chester, Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820

DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon. Melissa Price, Rose Crane 0427 587 395; Rosemea.crane@aph.gov.au

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