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What may be funded by the Viet Nam Veterans and their Families Trust?

The Trust may provide grants to help with these types of expenses:

  • house repairs, such as repairs to the roof, plumbing or electrical wiring, or replacing fences in disrepair
  • buying and/or installing home heating or insulation
  • buying practical household items, such as beds
  • house alterations needed for medical reasons
  • debt from unexpected circumstances, such as vehicle repairs
  • orthodontic or optometrist costs
  • travel, such as visiting a sick relative, or getting to hospital appointments. 

Some educational expenses may be funded, such as books or fees to attend a school which supports children with a disability. The Trust is unlikely to assist with tertiary education or apprenticeship fees.

The Trustees may award a grant to cover expenses you have already paid for.

What is the Viet Nam Veterans and their Families Trust priority?

When making grant decisions, the Trustees look for the benefits a grant will make to someone’s life. Priority is given where there is immediate or obvious need. 

If you are not sure whether you are able to request a grant, it is better to submit a request, rather than assume you are not eligible. The Trust may be able to direct you to other places for assistance. 

Grants are in addition to any other entitlements under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014.