Veterans’ Affairs is running a health and wellbeing forum for veterans and their family members on 25 March from 10am to 2pm at the Te Kotahitanga Exhibition Hall, Whangārei.

In partnership with Ranfurly Veterans’ Trust, Veterans’ Affairs is bringing together veteran agencies and organisations that support veterans, including the local RSA, to offer information about support and services in a “one-stop shop” for veterans of all ages living in Northland. 

Those at the event will meet Veterans’ Affairs case managers, veteran support agencies, and local service providers, and can attend seminars and take home tools to support independent daily living.

Head of Veterans’ Affairs, Bernadine Mackenzie, said bringing together Veterans’ Affairs and other organisations in one place is a great way for veterans to get information face to face.

“We know that there’s value in sitting down with our veterans and talking to them about what they need,” she said.

“It helps us to make sure that they’re getting the support they need for independent daily living.”

Veterans’ Affairs would like to invite veterans to this forum to learn more about their entitlements and other support that might be available to them.

The focus is on supporting the veterans in ways that suited them best, Ms Mackenzie said.

“We’re keen to encourage all those who served and who have Qualifying Service to register with us so they can access their entitlements. We hope that this event will help us connect to veterans and their whanau living in Northland. 

For any New Zealand veteran interested in attending this forum please go to www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz(external link) for more information and to find out how to register, or by calling 0800 483 8372.

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