Welfare and Outreach Centre improves support for veterans
LOCAL politicians joined veterans and volunteers from the Australian Peace- keeper and Peacemaker Veteran's Association to officially open their new Welfare and Outreach Centre in Alstonville.
APPVA treasurer Paul Smith said the facility could become a "vital organisation in the community," at the official opening and ribbon cutting on Sunday afternoon at the Main St office
Federal MP Kevin Hogan, state MP Tamara Smith and mayor Jenny Dowell joined the APPVA national president Allan Thomas, and local APPVA welfare officers.
The association helps returned veterans and former police officers deal with government depart- ments for legal issues and entitlements, and in health and social services.
It is funded by the Federal Government but also relies on donations and is largely staffed by volunteers.
Mr Hogan said war veterans often relied on peers to recover, which meant "grassroots organisations" such as APPVA had an important role to play in re-integrating veterans into civilian life.
Parents reflected that they sent young men into the services but "tortured souls" were sent back to them, he said.