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***Join the VVAA Victorian Branch***
Includes application form
Veterans COVIDSafe Survey – September 2021
Veterans and the Victorian community have questions about COVID-19, testing, supports to isolate, vaccines and how to be COVIDSafe.
The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are engaging with veterans and giving you the chance to have your say.
From Thursday 9 September, the Veterans COVIDSafe Survey will be open.
You can submit your questions over the next two weeks, the form will close on 23 September 2021.
DVA SUPPORT DURING COVID-19
“A message from DVA:
The Department would like to reassure you that we are still available to support you during these uncertain times. Our phone lines are still open and you can call us on 1800 555 254 between 8am and 5pm local time, Monday to Friday. Alternative contact options, including an online enquiry form, are available on the DVA website dva.gov.au. If you need additional support our Open Arms counselling service is also available 24/7 on 1800 011 046. Please stay safe.”
**Welfare Begins With YOU
An open letter to All Veterans from Bob Elworthy AM, President VVAA Vic Branch
A tribute to the 98 Vietnam veterans who died on active service during the Vietnam War, and are either interred in Victoria or are commemorated by a plaque in a Victorian cemetery.
161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight (Possums)
A brief account of the unit’s establishment and service in Vietnam
A Pittance of Time
Do you Remember Them?
About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
An explanation of PTSD and its effects.
Advocacy Training & Development Program
Information on compensation and welfare training
ANZAC Day Travel
Information relating to free travel for veterans on ANZAC Day.
Awards, Medals and Decorations
Australian Order of Battle
Lists the units that served in the Vietnam War and many links to unit Associations.
Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust
The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust is an independent organization sponsored by the principal Australian ex-service associations. It was established in 2003 by the former Vietnam Veterans Trust, as a lasting legacy from Australia’s use of the Agent Orange Funds.
Australian Veteran Retreats
A collection of Veteran Retreats throughout Australia
Battles of the Vietnam War
This is not a definitive list, merely a collection of battles and incidents that have been chronicled.
Incident at FSB Andersen
The decimation of Australian Army Sappers on standing patrol during the Battle of Fire Support Base Andersen, SOUTH VIETNAM TET OFFENSIVE 1968
Battle of Binh Ba
On the morning of 6 June 1969, a Centurion tank and an armoured recovery vehicle were making their way along Route 2 towards the village of Binh Ba. Classified as ‘amber’, the route was considered one on which enemy contact was possible, but unlikely.
Battle of Coral & Balmoral/TET Offensive
This link covers the TET Offensive and the Battles of Coral and Balmoral
Battle of Long Khanh
The Battle of Long Khanh If you’ve ever thought that the Vietnam War was basically all over by 1971, despite the fact that our Troops were still there, think again. This intense battle proved otherwise, and it yet again showed that at the platoon level, well-trained and disciplined troops could overcome huge odds.
Battle of Long Tan
An overview of the most famous of the battles during the Vietnam War including a Power Point presentation from 2Lt Dave Sabben, Plt Cmdr 12 Platoon, Long Tan.
Battle of Nui Le
IN September 1971, just weeks before they were due to leave for home, soldiers of the Australian Task Force fought their last battle of the Vietnam War. In what became known as the Battle of Nui Le, 24 soldiers were wounded and five were killed – they were the last Australians to die in combat in Vietnam.
The Tet Offensive
An overview of the Tet Offensive; includes Coral/Balmoral – with thanks to Time Life Books
List of Australian and New Zealand forces KIA in Vietnam
Chemicals In Vietnam
Information on chemicals used in Vietnam including Agent Orange and links to new studies.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Information on the infamous tunnels of Vietnam.
Drug Free Australia
Drug Free Australia is a peak body, representing organizations and individuals who value the health and wellbeing of our nation. It plays a key role as a community voice, staying in touch with every day Australians – families and young people – via newsletters, community forums and the media, to ensure a clear message of healthy, drug free lifestyles is assured for generations to come.
All the DVA info in one place.
You can help the children and descendants of Vietnam Veterans attain a good education.
Links to various educational sites with information on the Vietnam War.
End of War List
Media Release – 25 February 1998
Extending Christian friendship to Australian Defence Force personnel, families, Veterans and Allies through our “Home away from Home” recreation Centres on Military Bases.
Infantry Units in Vietnam
A brief description of each unit on their respective tours of duty
AATTV, SAS, 1RAR, 2RAR, 3RAR, 4RAR, 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, 8RAR, 9RAR
If you would like your units’ history to appear here please forward a document similar to those above to the Web Administrator
Lifestyle Course History
A short history of how the Lifestyle Courses came into being.
Lifestyle Course Dates and Application
Courses for all veterans who are having difficulty re-assimilating into society after their war service.
Links to Related Sites
Mostly veteran orientated sites with some civilian sites that pertain to veterans.
Long Tan Cross
Pictures taken August 2020.
A site for those looking for lost medals.
Myths and Misunderstandings
Some interesting data on Australian deaths in Vietnam.
National Service Scheme
Offsite information on the National Service Scheme during the Vietnam War.
OPEN ARMS Counselling
Operation Life provides a framework for action to prevent suicide and promote mental health and resilience across the veteran community as a whole.
Operation Life workshops are free and open to people who are concerned about family, friends, mates or others in the veteran community. Priority will be given to veterans and their families. Welfare, pension officers and other helpers from ex-service organisations and the veteran community are encouraged to attend.
Workshops specifically for members of the veteran community can be arranged at metropolitan and regional locations, depending on demand.
Partners of Veterans
FOR THOSE WHO STAND BESIDE THEM
Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-service Matters
The Council has been established to consider and advise the Prime Minister and Government on strategic and complex matters impacting on the ex-service and defence communities.
The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works with the public, Government, patients, carers and stroke survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community.
Terminology of the Vietnam War
Terms and sayings used during the Vietnam War.
Information on Government’s position for TPI’s undertaking volunteer work.
“Over the next five years, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is set to undergo the most significant change in its history. This unique challenge for the Department and one which we must look to with optimism, as an opportunity and not a threat…..
TPI/EDA Travel Pass – Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)
Results the Association has been able to achieve.
History of the VVAA Badge.
History of the VVAA Motto – ‘Honour The Dead But Fight Like Hell For The Living’.
VVAA National Patron
A brief history of the VVAA National Patron.
Victoria Cross – Australian Recipients
Off site web page dealing with all Australian winners of the Victoria Cross.
Victoria Cross Vietnam
Detailed information on the four Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians in Vietnam.
Victorian Veterans Council
The Victorian Veterans Council is a new independent statutory body established in 2006 under the Veterans Act 2005.
Vietnam Unknown Next of Kin
A list of Vietnam Veterans whose Next of Kin is unknown
Overview from the 60’s to the end of the Vietnam War.
Vietnam Remembered – 50 years later.
The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and with the support of the Victorian Government, the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Victorian Branch Inc.) conducted a wide range of functions and commemorative services throughout that year.
A book detailing those Commemorative Service activities, titled Victoria Remembers Vietnam, was published as a component of the VVAA (Vic) and Victorian Government partnership for that commemorative year.
The Commemorative Book can be viewed at Victoria Remembers Vietnam .
Thanks to Outer Eastern Melbourne VVAA Vic Sub Branch for that Link.
Vietnam Veterans Day
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Victorian Branch, conducts an annual Vietnam Veterans Day Commemorative Service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance on 18 August, commencing at 11am. The service commemorates those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those that still suffer and where appropriate, also provides a focus on important engagements from the Vietnam War.
Vietnam Veterans Family Study
The study will look at what effect veterans service in Vietnam may have had on veterans families.
Vietnam Veteran Funeral Service
A suggested funeral service for those involved with the death of a Vietnam Veteran.
Vietnam Veterans Mortality Site
Off site web page dealing with the deaths of Vietnam Veterans.
Vietnam Veterans NZ Casualties
List of New Zealanders – Killed In Action, Died of Wounds, Died on Active Service.
Vietnam Veterans National Memorial
Shows the National Memorial in Canberra.
Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll
Link to the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans.
Vietnam Veterans Victorian Memorials
Shows various memorials around Victoria.
Weapons of War
Weapons and armaments used by both sides during the war.
What To Do When Death Comes Visiting
A TIP produced document outlining the steps to take when a loved one passes.