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Prime Minister
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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Minister for Defence Materiel

Senator Zed Seselja
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

Monday, 21 March 2016

VetRide 2016

Today, Senator Zed Seselja welcomed to Canberra nearly 100 riders and support staff who took part in this year’s VetRide initiative.

Senator Seselja, representing the Prime Minister and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan, said the riders had made the 660km journey from Melbourne to Canberra, stopping at Benalla, Bandiana, Kapooka, Cootamundra and Yass on their way to Canberra.

“Each year VetRide conducts the ‘Service and Sacrifice Tour’ cycling event to raise awareness of Vietnam veterans’ issues and to honour and remember the 521 Australians killed in the Vietnam War,” Senator Seselja said.

“This year’s ride commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where 108 men from D Company RAR resisted a far larger group of Viet Cong soldiers in what became one of the most extraordinary chapters in Australia’s military history.”

The Prime Minister acknowledged the vital support events such as VetRide provide for the Veteran community.

"The government has an important responsibility to support serving soldiers, veterans and their families; a role it undertakes gladly and enthusiastically."

"Initiatives such as VetRide are an essential support for past ADF personnel and their families."

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, also acknowledged the positive work of this annual fundraising cycle event.

“VetRide is a terrific initiative of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia supporting the welfare of veterans, the ex-service community and their families, through an annual fundraising cycling event,” Minister Tehan said.

“The Service and Sacrifice Ride helps highlight the importance of the physical and mental health of our veterans and VetRide is commended for its efforts in raising awareness of the issue.”

Media enquiries:

  • Senator Seselja's office: 02 6247 6444
  • Minister Tehan’s Office: 0477 395 356
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.