From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Subscription List
Sent: Sun 1/09/2013 8:23 AM

SUPPORT LEGACY TO KEEP THE FLAME ALIGHT

Minister for Veterans Affairs Warren Snowdon has called on Australians to help support the families of Australian servicemen and women by giving generously during Legacy Week, 1 to 7 September.

The annual fundraising campaign has been running since 1942 and raises awareness of the support Legacy provides Australian Defence Force families coping with the loss of a loved one in the service to our nation.

“Whether they served in the Navy, Army or Air Force, Australian current and ex-service personnel have always been able to count on the support of Legacy for their families if and when they need it.

“By buying a badge, making a donation or becoming a volunteer during Legacy Week you can help ensure that support continues,” Mr Snowdon said.

Founded in 1923 for veterans of the Great War and their families, today Legacy supports approximately 100,000 widows and widowers, 1,800 children, and dependants with a disability, whatever their needs, age or stage of life.

Legacy supports war widows from both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam as well as families who have lost a parent or partner in more recent deployments like Iraq and Afghanistan. Legacy does this through tailored assistance such as counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

Legacy and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs share a common purpose to ensure the loved ones of Australians lost in conflict have access to the best care and support available.

“Australians are encouraged to give generously during Legacy Week to ensure it can continue its good work now and into the future,” Mr Snowdon.

For more information on Legacy or to donate visit www.legacy.com.au or call 1800 534 229.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046.