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Image - RSL Active Ambassador Adam Kent (left) , with Warrnambool RSL Secretary Bernie Farley.

Funding For RSL Active

Funding For RSL Active

Image - RSL Active Ambassador Adam Kent (left) , with Warrnambool RSL Secretary Bernie Farley.

Leading Warrnambool program supported with crucial funding

A program which focuses on helping local veterans to reintegrate back into civilian life, while stay active and socially connected within the community, has received a funding boost from the State Government.

Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane recently visited the Warrnambool RSL, announcing more than $46,000 to support the Veteran Support Centre RSL Active Program.

The Warrnambool RSL delivers one of the most popular programs in Victoria, with over 200 veterans and family members participating.

RSL Active Ambassador Adam Kent, says they appreciate the support and are proud to be leading the way with the initiative.

"We are really proud on a whole as a veteran community, and I think the wider community should be just as proud because they've been a huge part of it" he said.

"The local council, local members and a lot of local businesses and organisations have really embraced us, so a lot of veterans have come out of their shell and are putting in strong contributions to the community"

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"We've been going for over 3 years now and it's been a stepped process, we started off by targeting younger veterans that have a habit of isolating themselves"

"We got a bit of a cohort out, then we included families, then the next step was all veterans and we've had the Vietnam Veteran community really embrace what we are doing and get involved, and then the final step was community engagement".

The funding comes as part of the State Government's 2021 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund program, which assists with direct welfare support, such as living expenses, health and wellbeing, education and school expenses, transport costs and social activities.

“The Warrnambool RSL should be immensely proud of the role they play in supporting veterans and their families in staying engaged with their community as they transition to civilian life.” said Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane.

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