Legacy funding for Royal Commission support

Monday, 21 February 2022 at 10:54 pm
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Trusted veteran welfare provider Melbourne Legacy has been granted $500,000 to give additional support to the veteran community over the next 18 months.

As hearings continue for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, many veterans, service personnel and family members may find this period difficult or distressing.

Therefore, Melbourne Legacy will run a program that assesses the unique wellbeing needs of veterans and their families and connects them with appropriate supports provided by ex-service and community organisations, including services to support people engaging with the Royal Commission.

The program, which will also receive $500,000 worth of in-kind support from Melbourne Legacy, will offer a range of activities for veterans and their families including equine therapy, family days and networking events.

Two new Veteran Liaison Officers will deliver the program by tapping into established networks throughout the ex-service community across Victoria to reach veterans and families who need support.

They will be supported by the Melbourne Legacy’s case management team, which includes social workers and counsellors, a Programs Coordinator, and a Veteran Liaison Officer, and Melbourne Legacy’s embedded alliance partners - Australian Money Mentors for money mentoring and other referral pathways such as for equine assisted therapy.

The program will build on support already available to veterans and their families, including crisis and mental health support.

More information will be released in due course by Melbourne Legacy.

For details of the services available now, visit the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.