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The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program Opens Doors to Change Lives

Vasey RSL Care 2 mins read
Pictured L-R Federal Member for Jagajaga Kate Thwaites MP, Vasey RSL Care Board Chair Mike O'Meara OAM, Victorian Minister for Veterans The Hon Natalie Suleyman MP, Vasey RSL Care Chief Executive Officer Janna Voloshin.

After an extensive journey from inception to construction, The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program celebrates its official opening today (21 February). Local Federal Member for Jagajaga, Kate Thwaites MP, a champion of the project, officiated the inauguration ceremony, marking a significant milestone in veteran support initiatives.

 

The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to addressing veteran homelessness in Australia. Through the provision of safe housing and comprehensive support services, the Program will empower veterans to lead fulfilling lives beyond their military service.

 

The Albanese Federal Government has played a significant role in the realisation of The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program by contributing $1.2 million towards the project.

 

Vasey RSL Care remains committed to advocating for additional funding and has submitted a budget proposal for a $10.75 million co-contribution for the 2024-25 Federal budget. This allocation will complete the facility's fit-out and sustain operational costs for the initial pilot period of three years of operation.

 

"Today is an important day. The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program is a major part of our strategy to address the changing needs of the veteran community. It will allow veterans to overcome their challenges to lead a life they value," remarked Mike O'Meara OAM, Chair of Vasey RSL Care Board.

 

“We are calling on the Federal Government to partner with us on this vital initiative, which needs a collaborative approach,” Mr O’Meara added. 

 

Janna Voloshin, Chief Executive Officer of Vasey RSL Care, highlighted the significance of the initiative, stating, "After extensive research, we know that this is the gap that needs to be filled – veterans are almost three times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public. This will support them where they need it the most."

 

Vasey RSL Care plans to continue their advocacy for this project in the lead up to the Federal Government’s May Budget.  

 

 

Media Contact:

Heidi Flower, Government Relations Adviser, Vasey RSL Care

E: Heidi.Flower@vaseyrslcare.org.au

M: 0436 609 385


Contact details:

Media Contact:

Heidi Flower, Government Relations Adviser, Vasey RSL Care

E: Heidi.Flower@vaseyrslcare.org.au

M: 0436 609 385

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