Powell Media Release – Queensland’s First Veterans’ Affairs Policy a win for Glass House Vets

2 August 2017

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, is thrilled that an LNP led Government will appoint a Minister for Veterans to ensure State Government services are better targeted to veterans.

In addition, Mr Powell said an LNP Government would establish a target to increase the number of ex-ADF personnel in the public service and provide proper recognition of their military training and how that fits into roles within the Queensland Government. They will also appoint a senior representative in the public service as the Veterans’ Champion to mentor and establish a network of veterans in the public service.

“Our retired servicemen and servicewoman deserve the smoothest transition from serving to private life and that’s why we are committed to recognising and providing assistance to former ADF Members”, Mr Powell said.

“Queensland is home to around 50,000 veterans and hundreds call the Glass House electorate home. I, and the LNP, believe they deserve a state-based policy that provides better services and more opportunities for them”.

The policy will create a $2 million Veterans Transition Grants Program, for ex-service and defence welfare organisations to access and use to help veterans transition back into civilian life and a new career after leaving the Defence Force.

“The broader Glass House community has proudly honoured our Nation’s Heroes. Our RSL Sub-Branches at Woodford, Glasshouse Mountains, Maleny and Palmwoods, and the NASHOS in Caboolture, keep the ANZAC spirit alive in current generations”.

“So I know the many Veterans in Glass House, and the broader community, will appreciate the improved services, greater opportunities and stronger representation that this policy will provide and I look forward to delivering it for them”, Mr Powell concluded.

 

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Ends 2 August 2017