From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List
Sent: Fri 26/08/2011 9:07 AM

AUSTRALIANS URGED TO DIG DEEP IN LEGACY WEEK

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, has urged Australians to continue to support the invaluable work of Legacy and dig deep during its annual fundraising week.

This year Legacy’s appeal runs from August 28 to September 3, 2011.

Mr Snowdon said Legacy has been helping Australian Defence Force families cope with the loss of a loved one in the service of our nation since 1923.

“During Legacy Week I encourage Australians to buy a badge, make a donation or become a volunteer, to help support the important work of Legacy.

“Our nation owes Australian Defence Force personnel and their families a debt that can never be repaid, a small donation to assist Legacy support them can make a world of difference,” he said.

Legacy is a non-profit organisation established by the ex-service community to support and care for the families of Australians lost in war and is often one of the first points of contact for grieving families.

“Today Legacy supports more than 100,000 widows from both world wars, Korea and Vietnam, as well as those who have lost a loved one in recent deployments such as Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

“Assistance is also provided to 1,900 children and dependants of Defence Force members with a disability.

“The help and care provided by Legacy includes counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Legacy works with the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs to ensure the needs of these families are met during this difficult time.

“Legacy and the Australian Government share the same goals in providing the best possible care for the veteran community. It is vital this work continues, and your support can help achieve this,” he said.

For more information on Legacy, including where to buy a badge, to donate, or volunteer to collect, visit www.legacy.com.au or call 1800 534 229.

Media inquiries:
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203