Additional Funding Support For Disabled Veterans 2021

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Much of a country’s pride is owed to the brave heroes who have fought tooth and nail to defend it. Retired military personnel put their lives on the line and compromise so much of themselves in their line of work. This patriotic act often results in them acquiring life-altering battle scars in the form of physical and mental impairments.

 In recognition of their efforts, the Australian government continues to express their gratitude and honor towards their veterans by ensuring they’re well-provided for and able to live comfortably. They are committed to supporting these veterans and their families through systems that will improve their health and wellbeing.

It is undeniable that due to inflation and wage growth, there will be a lot more expenses to consider with the years to come, and this increase is directly proportional to veterans’ needs and their costs. For the year 2021-2022, the government has committed an additional $13.2 billion to fund the NDIS, which many argue, is insufficient to cover all that they need to cover. Considering that veterans with disabilities are under their care, the public uproar for NDIS funding was heard, and additional funding has been provided. 

In the 2021-22 budget, the government allotted $460.4 million, from a previous sum of $102 million from the past year, to support their veterans’ needs. It encompasses addressing the prevention of veteran suicide and processing their compensation faster and more efficiently. They will also continue to expand their wellbeing programs to improve veterans’ holistic conditions.

The government also announced that under the NDIS, those with the disability support pension would receive AUD 250 in the coming months. Social housing, however, was not included in the plan and has not been implemented.

This year, in the federal budget, the government dedicated $32.1 million in funds to celebrate their military history through the annual international ANZAC commemorations. It goes along with other domestic commemorative activities to remember the greatness exhibited by Australian veterans. Included in this funding are the maintenance of war graves and improved recognition of military services. 

In comparing forward estimates of the past year and the current one, the government’s projection of expenses in the years to come shows a significant increase in the budget allotment for the NDIS. This is only helpful if their assessment of the participants’ needs is correct, which is rarely so. 

Budgeting is heavily reliant on the government’s accuracy in its projected predictions. In the case of which budget of the NDIS is the most helpful for disabled veterans, though proven to be somewhat sufficient in the previous and current year, it has yet to earn that title. With the promise of an increase in budget in the years to come, the best allocation is something to look forward to. 

Veteran participants of the NDIS can turn to plan management and support coordination providers for general assistance regarding this scheme. For inquiries on how to get plan management, contact a trusted provider or ask your other veteran friends for a referral.

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