16 Oct 2012

Increased support gives veterans 'deserved respect'

8:44 am on 16 October 2012

Leading returned servicemen say the Government is giving veterans the respect they deserve in boosting funding for war pensions and support services.

The $60 million package spread over five years includes a one-off 5% boost to the War Disablement and Surviving Spouse pensions and an increase in the eligibility for support services for veterans, such as home help.

Canterbury District Returned and Services Association president Patrick Duggan says the Government is starting to recognise veterans as they should be recognised.

A member of the national executive, Derek Nees, says veterans have been waiting for six years for these changes.

Mr Nees says the changes will give veterans some certainty on future entitlements.