Maitland Vietnam Veterans and Services Legion and Singleton Shire Council have been recognised for their commitment to honouring the contribution of the local veteran community Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, said today.

Mr Fitzgibbon said Maitland Vietnam Veterans and Services Legion will receive $4,000 to install bronze plaques on the War Memorial wall at Maitland Park and Singleton Shire Council will receive $2,805 to install lighting at the Burdekin Park War Memorial to illuminate the flagpole.

These two grants were funded under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program which aims to honour the sacrifice and service of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promotes the appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

“I congratulate both organisations for their hard work in ensuring the contribution of Australian Defence Force members, past and present, is recognised and remembered.”

Kurri Kurri RSL Sub-branch will also receive $1,700 under the Veteran and Community Grants program that will enable them to purchase a notebook computer and digital projector to facilitate presentations for the veteran community.

The Veteran & Community Grants provide an important source of funding for projects that support a healthy and quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community, young and old.

These grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community.

“Australia’s veteran community deserves to have the best support services available and I congratulate the Kurri Kurri Sub-branch for their initiative,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

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