The Liberal Party will almost triple the amount of funding for the RSL's crucial employment program, which last year helped South Australian veterans earn close to $4 million of income after retiring from service.
Off the back of shocking federal Labor budget cuts to the initiative - and Peter Malinauskas' offensive move to remove the recognition of Anzac Day in the new state Labor public holiday legislation - the Liberal Party is vowing to back South Australian veterans.
The Liberal Party promise and policy for the 2026 State Election is anticipated to cost $400,000 - a contribution of $100,000 over four years to replace funding cut by the Albanese Labor Government. Federal Labor's current funding expires in June 2024.
Last year almost 60 South Australian veterans earned $3.6 million of income because of employment of employment secured through the RSL initiative. There were more than 200 other veterans who received support to get 'job ready'.
The RSL Employment Program - available free of charge to all veterans and their families - links veterans and ex-serving Defence members with meaningful employment opportunities.
Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, Adrian Pederick, said the Liberal Party is proud to support and fund meaningful job preparation and opportunities for veterans who no longer serve the state and country.
"The Liberal Party is proud to commit $400,000 to keep South Australia's RSL Employment Program on track and to continue supporting veterans as they move into a new stage of life," Mr Pederick said.
"We know the RSL Employment Program has supported more than 4,000 veterans across the country who have leaned on the service for support and guidance as they reintegrate into civilian life.
"The Liberal Party will part fund the RSL Employment Program to help veterans search for jobs and new career pathways, while also offering counselling and interview coaching.
"A crucial part of the RSL Employment Program is identifying transferrable skills for the civilian job market and offering resumé writing and application support.
"The Liberal Party will fund this initiative with a contribution that will support veterans to move into new careers and earn a living.
"Now more than ever the RSL Employment Program is crucial because South Australians are facing a cost of living crisis and times are tough.
"Our veterans have served this country and South Australia well and made us proud - they deserve our help when the decision is made that their watch is over."