Launceston Legacy sees a boost in government funding to support veterans in the north and north west | The Examiner

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The vital work that Launceston Legacy does supporting war widows and veterans is set to be boosted, with a $20,000 funding commitment from the state government. The charity provides critical support to veterans and their families, first established in 1923 by Tasmanian Major-General John Gellibrand. Launceston Legacy supports more than 870 widows, widowers and around 17 children. President Terry Byrne said the funding was essential to continue providing support. “The name Launceston Legacy is a bit of a misnomer – we handle from Oatlands right across the north of the state, and a lot of our children are down the north west coast, and we handle the east coast as well,” Mr Byrne said. “Legacy doesn’t just stop with children at 18 years of age – we have two children at the moment going through university, one with a bachelor of education and the other with a bachelor of nursing, and that’s expensive. “We have children at the start of the school year with new shoes and footwear, it doesn’t seem much individually but when you add it up it does.” The funding will go towards support programs run by the charity – including winter energy support for widows. IN OTHER NEWS: Veterans’ Affairs Minister Guy Barnett said Tasmania has approximately 10,000 veterans. “As a government, we want to support them and their families,” he said. “I’m very pleased to announce an increase in funding for both Launceston Legacy and Hobart Legacy, a $15,000 increase, so now $40,000 per year to be shared. “They do a fantastic job.” What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor: