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Vietnam Veterans Day

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Tags: Veterans, Mental Health, Vietnam

That this House:

1.     Recognises that today, the 18th of August, is Vietnam Veterans Day;

2.     Acknowledges the Day was originally identified to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, but was subsequently adopted by all veterans as a day to remember and acknowledge the fallen;

3.     Acknowledges further that the term ‘fallen’ is not limited to the many who died in the Vietnam War, but who were ever after marked by the experience in ways unimaginable to those fortunate enough to never have had to participate in battle;

4.     Acknowledges the formation of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia in 1979 as a result of concern that veterans’ exposure during conflict to the chemical known as Agent Orange was having an adverse and ongoing affect on their physical health;

5.     Acknowledges further that it was soon discovered these health concerns were being exacerbated by what would eventually come to be known and diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;

6.     Recognises the direct action by the VVAA that resulted in the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, a service which also offers assistance to the victims of Tasmania’s Port Arthur Massacre;

7.     Acknowledges the recent opening of the first Mates4Mates Family Recovery Centre in Tasmania, the first of its kind outside Queensland; and

8.     Congratulates Mates4Mates and the Family Recovery Centres for the ongoing and vital care and support they provide to Australian Defence Force personnel and returned service men and women and their families.