New Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel welcomed

RSL Queensland

RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris welcomed today’s Australian Government announcement  of the newly appointed, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel the Honourable Andrew  Gee.  

RSL Queensland’s relationship with Department of Veterans Affairs is critical to ensuring our veterans  and their families are heard and supported, not only through advocacy to DVA in accessing the  appropriate assistance through the claims process, but also through working with other programs such  as Open Arms. Equally our role in supporting current serving veterans and their families through  operational tempo, posting cycles and the rigours of service life by providing spouse education and  employment, as well as our investment in current serving initiatives makes our relationship with the  Minister in the Defence Personnel role equally important. 

Mr Ferris acknowledged the work of former Minister, the Honourable Darren Chester, and thanked him  for his active engagement with RSL Queensland in the mutual interest of advancing the quality of life of  veterans.  

“During Minister Chester’s time leading the portfolio we have seen the department and commissions  evolve. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the significant increase in DVA staff secured in the  recent Federal Budget,” he said.  

Mr Ferris urged existing efforts to continue addressing the identified root causes of veterans’ challenges  and issues transitioning from military life, as the nation gears up for the upcoming Royal Commission  into Defence and Veteran Suicide.  

“RSL Queensland will work with the new Minister to ensure veterans’ voices are heard, their needs are  presented with the highest priority by the government, and that the findings of the Royal Commission are  promptly and fully implemented.  

“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our brave service personnel, who so often surrender their  freedoms to protect ours. We look forward to working with Minister Gee to help him and his Department  leverage RSL Queensland’s significant investment in research and programs, and our century of lived  experience across hundreds of thousands of members.  

“Via a network of more than 230 Sub Branches across Queensland, and our subsidiary Mates4Mates,  RSL Queensland provides a broad array of support services which directly address the root causes of  veteran suicide. These include providing veterans and their families with crisis support, compensation  claims support, physical and mental wellbeing programs, residential accommodation, an award-winning  

employment program, our homelessness program and education scholarships,” Mr Ferris said. 

/Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization/author(s)and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s).View in full here.