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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 15 August 2014


Veterans, their families and the wider community will gather at ceremonies across the country this weekend, and especially on Monday, to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day. 

Australians join together to honour the men and women who served our nation during the Vietnam War.  Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 marked the commencement of Australia’s involvement in the war. By the time the war had come to an end, over a decade later, almost 60,000 Australians had served, of these men and women, 521 died and more than 3,000 were wounded.

As we pause to honour and remember those who lost their lives, we must also pay tribute to those who served and returned home, many still carrying the effects of the war.  The physical and mental scars left by the war are still evident for many of those who served and their families.

A range of support and services is available to veterans and their families. Children of Vietnam Veterans can access the Long Tan Bursary Scheme which provides up to $9,000 over three years to help them pursue their chosen study or professional career. Applications open on Monday 18 August and will close on Friday 31 October 2014.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) is the legacy of Australia's Vietnam veterans. Founded in 1982, today VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions to all Australian veterans and their families. For help, to learn more, or to check eligibility for VVCS services, call 1800 011 046 or visit

Over the Anzac Centenary period we remember a century of service and sacrifice in all wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations, including Vietnam. It will be a defining period in our nation’s history, as we seek to better understand where we fought, when we fought and reflect on the values we fought to defend.

For more information on the Long Tan Bursary Scheme, visit or on the Vietnam War visit

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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