THE Minister for Veterans Affairs Warren Snowdon has called on local residents to help support the families of Australian servicemen and women by giving generously during Legacy Week which runs this week.
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 their 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, 1800 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.
It does this through tailored assistance such as counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.