The Bravery Trust has welcomed news Minister Andrew Gee will look to increase support measures for veterans while the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is still underway.

The Minister for Veteran Affairs and Defence Personnel was quoted in the Western Advocate: “it is not my intention to wait for the royal commission to conclude before getting cracking on change… Time is of the essence for our veterans.”

Chairman Garth Callender said Bravery Trust was keen to extend its highly successful financial counselling pilot program.

“Financial disadvantage resulting from injuries sustained during service impacts on veterans and their families, which can lead to financial hardship,” Mr Callender said.

“The need for financial aid and financial counselling is growing all the time.”

The royal commission will inquire into systemic issues and common themes related to defence and veteran death by suicide, including the possible contribution of pre-service, service, transition, separation and post-service issues.

The ADF Human Security Framework and Department of Veteran Affairs support system highlight financial security and income and finance as key factors impacting veteran wellbeing.

Bravery Trust recently embarked on a pilot program which showed significant benefits from veteran-specific financial counselling and found 97% of those veterans who were in financial crisis when they reached out for help, were able to successfully move forward in life and did not return for additional financial support.

Bravery Trust works with veterans to understand their financial situation and tailor unique solutions specific to individual circumstances.  Bravery Trust can provide emergency payments and advocate on behalf of veterans with banks, debtors and landlords and support those in need to financial wellbeing.

Bravery Trust is a not-for-profit charity organisation endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Injured or ill veterans and families in financial hardship can call Bravery Trust on 1800 BRAVERY (1800 272 837).

Bravery Trust is a registered business name of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust, a nationally registered charity.