Operation Accordion: On board the first evacuation flight (Video)

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Ex-service organisations from across the nation have met with the Australian Government yesterday to throw their support behind efforts underway to assist veterans and families impacted by the situation in Afghanistan.

“We have a network of incredible veteran and community groups across the nation who are, everyday delivering much needed services and support,” Minister Andrew Gee said.  “I hosted a meeting this morning with our ESOs to join forces to support the veterans who served in Afghanistan and other conflicts, and also their families.

“Community and ex-service organisations play a critical role in the support of the veteran community and today they reiterated their commitment working with the Australian Government to deliver a united effort at this difficult time,” added Minister Gee. “Over the last 20 years, Australia has been a steadfast contributor to the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. Now the Defence and veteran community need to know that we are steadfast in our commitment to their wellbeing at home.

Organisations in attendance included the Air Force Association, Australian War Widows, Defence Families Australia, Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association, Defence Reserves Association, Legacy Australia, Partners of Veterans Association of Australia, Returned and Services League of Australia, TPI Federation Australia, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia.

“I would also encourage Australians to pick up the phone to say g’day to any veterans you may know. Now more than ever it’s vitally important to stay connected. A friendly voice can make all the difference to a mate who may be in need.”

Support services:

·       Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling service is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046

·       Safe Zone Support on 1800 142 072 is a free and anonymous counselling line for current serving ADF personnel, veterans and their families available 24/7

·       Defence Family Helpline available for ADF members and their families, available 24/7 – dial 1800 624 608 

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