The latest addition to the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs network officially opened today somewhere in Wodonga, providing tailored services and support to the veteran community in regional Victoria.
We say ‘somewhere in Wodonga’ because, according to the DVA web site, the new hub is at 138 Melbourne Road, while the RSL Victoria Facebook page says it is at 149 High Street.
Anyway, wherever it really is, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said he was pleased to officially open the latest Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Wodonga – the Tim Fischer AC Veterans and Families Hub, named after former deputy prime minister and Vietnam veteran, the late Tim Fischer.
“Lead organisation for the Wodonga hub, RSL Victoria, has been working in partnership with other ex-service and community organisations and the Victorian government to develop the hub,” Minister Keogh said.
“We want to ensure the services the hubs provide are targeted at what the community actually needs rather than taking a cookie cutter approach [unlike the cookie-cutter approach to this press release, which is remarkably similar to yesterdays announcement re the Nowra hub], the organisations providing services via the hub will support individual veterans as well as their families.
“The local veteran community can access tailored services including those that support transition to civilian life, advocacy services and social connectedness, physical and mental health services, and a range of community activities, including volunteer and sporting opportunities.”
“The federal budget includes $46.7 million to deliver 10 Veterans’ and Families’ hubs across the country to improve access to the specific services and supports that local veteran communities need and frankly deserve.
“To ensure these hubs can best support veterans and families, the Australian government is now funding backbone support to enable collaboration and service improvement across the hub network.
“The government is committed to providing practical services and supports to defence personnel, veterans and families,” Minister Keogh said.
For more information about the Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs, visit www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs