The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is offering support for veterans affected by the bushfires in Victoria and the floods in Queensland.

The department’s Victorian deputy commissioner, Mike O’Meara encouraged veterans who had been affected by the bushfires to contact DVA to access support and services.

“The horrific bushfires across Victoria have devastated the lives of many Victorians including veterans and their families,” said Mr O’Meara.

“Many in the veteran community rely on DVA for advice and for those in need there is immediate support available.”

The department’s deputy commissioner in Queensland, Alison Stanley urged veterans affected by the floods in the state’s north to contact DVA for support as well.

“The extensive and prolonged flooding across Queensland has affected the lives and property of many Queenslanders including veterans and their families,” Ms Stanley said.

“Many in the veteran community rely on DVA for advice and for those in need there is immediate support available,” Ms Stanley said.

The department has pledged that all claims for assistance to Defence Service Homes Insurance will be managed promptly. It can be contacted on 1300 552 662.

The Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service is also available to assist people in crisis situations. It can be contacted on 1800 011 046, 24 hours a day.

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