The Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced a significant, pre-budget, funding boost for services for New Zealand veterans and their families. In total the announcement represents an additional funding package of $4.1 million over four years for Veterans’ Affairs.
New Zealand First places great value on ensuring that veterans are recognised for their contribution to our nation’s security, especially those who have experienced trauma as a result of their service. It is critically important to ensure that our veterans are supported after leaving the NZDF.
“This extra funding demonstrates the ongoing commitment from the Coalition Government to our veterans. It is no longer good enough to stand by and let our veterans fall through the cracks. We have a responsibility to put their wellbeing at the forefront of our minds,” says Mr Mark.
The funding will go towards health and wellbeing assessments for veterans to ensure that when they leave the Defence Force they are linked to the right support services. This funding will ensure that veterans are contacted soon after they leave the NZDF for a health and wellbeing assessment.