Steph Cooke MP wearing a classic black long coat, white pearl necklace and black leather bag stands beside Lieutenant Adam Hoare who is dressed in full army uniform.  Both are smiling proudly at Temora ANZAC celebrations from a previous year
Steph Cooke MP with Lieutenant Adam Hoare before social distancing was introduced

The NSW Government is embarking on major consultation to help understand the issues facing veterans and their families today with the opening of an online survey.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said consultation will help shape the first NSW Veterans Strategy.

“By completing this survey or attending one of the forums being held across the State veterans will be able to share their views and highlight the issues they face to best determine the appropriate support they require,” Ms Cooke said.

“The information will be vital to forming the NSW Government’s strategy to address key concerns and services such as health, well-being, employment, education and recognition.

“It is so important that we support our local service men and women, and I encourage all veterans in the Cootamundra Electorate to participate and be a part of the response.”

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the strategy aims to improve existing NSW Government services and identify new programs to support veterans and their families.

“The modern veteran community is diverse and their needs after they leave the Defence Force are wide-ranging,” Mr Lee said.

“About 1200 veterans transition out of the Defence Force into NSW every year and we must do everything in our power to support our veterans after their service.”

Bronte Pollard, who served in the Royal Australian Navy for nine years welcomed the strategy.

“I think it is fantastic for NSW to have its own plan as this will ensure state based programs and initiatives respond to veterans’ needs,” Mr Pollard said.

The survey will be open until Friday 17 July 2020. To participate in the survey visit: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/survey