VBF support sets new record

The Board of the Veterans Benevolent Fund (VBF) met last Saturday 27th March in Parkes and approved record levels of funding for important veterans programs across NSW.

So far this 2020/21 financial year, almost $200,000 in submissions have been approved by the VBF Board.

The most recent decisions include a second year of funding for the Veterans Wellbeing Summit, which last year assisted over 9,000 veterans and their families with counselling, mentoring, advice and information to assist with managing PTSD and other mental health challenges faced by ex-service personnel who have transitioned out of the ADF.

The VBF Board also renewed funding for the Defence Community Dogs program for 2021, supporting the training and provision of Care Dogs for veterans suffering with PTSD and other anxiety issues.

Also provided with renewed funding is Wounded Heroes, which provides immediate emergency assistance and support to veterans in crisis, seeking to prevent further cases of veterans suicide and harm.

The Veterans Centre at Dee Why in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, was provided with funds to support their Transition Plans program, which assists veterans leaving the ADF to build a positive life plan for their transition into civilian society so they are better able to manage their health, employment, housing and other needs for themselves and their families.

An equine therapy program, Spur, developed by veterans for veterans and managed through RSL LifeCare, was also supported. Spur is designed to promote mindfulness and wellbeing, helping wounded, injured and ill veterans and their families with recovery. This is achieved by introducing participants to various aspects of horse handling, educating them on how to care for the horse, and providing a safe space for them to connect, focus, share experiences and heal.

The VBF is the charitable arm of the RSL & Services Clubs Association. It is a registered charity under the ACNC and is regulated by the various government authorities. The VBF receives its funding through Category 1 Club Grants and other donations. By supporting the VBF, Clubs and companies can be assured that their valuable funds are being directed to valid programs and services which are directly focussed on veterans and their families. The VBF undertakes thorough analysis and assessment of all submitting agencies to ensure they meet rigorous accountability and management requirements.

If your Club is able to support the VBF in its important work, please contact the Association CEO who will provide a Club Grants application form for your consideration.

CLICK HERE to view the VBF Projects Review 2020