Paul Smith and Liz Hall outside the new APPVA office in Alstonville.
Paul Smith and Liz Hall outside the new APPVA office in Alstonville. Ross Kendall

Veterans get help from new address

The Alstonville war veterans’ assistance group has had to move into bigger offices after being swamped by people in need of their services.

The Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemaker Veterans Association has moved into bigger offices after operating for just two months at what was, new premises, welfare practitioner for the organisation Liz Hill said.

The APPVA’s new address is 7/ 78 Main Street, Alstonville (across the car park form the former office).

In two months to the end of March the office has provided 90 hours of welfare, 294 hours of pension support and 71 hours of general help to war veterans or their friends or family, Ms Hill said.

"We have clients coming to us from as far as Brisbane, Inverell and Yass," she said.

The APPVA works with veterans and their families adapting to civilian life and gives help to negotiate through government agencies and to access the full range of social and other services that veterans often need.

The high demand for the APPVA’s service more than justify the decision to open an agency in the northern Rivers earlier this year, she said.

The APPVA is running a social bowls fundraising day this Sunday from 10am to 1pm at the Plateau Sports Club.

 



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