RAN ships of the Vietnam war
Shipmates, family and friends, the NAAQLD are commemorating the RAN Ships of the Vietnam war on Thursday 30th June at 11:00 at the Jack Memorial Southbank, Brisbane.
This was a war of our generation. A war that divided our nation and changed a government. It left many scarred, both mentally and physically.
All Ships’ Association is invited to participate by displaying their Anzac Day banner, or similar.
While we commemorate the ships, we especially remember all those who served. There are many stories and experiences to be remembered and shared. We ignore the lessons of history at our peril.
The Department of Veterans Affairs study “The Veterans Cohort” (1997) stated that RAN Veterans who served in ships at sea in Vietnam waters were dying at a rate that was 45% higher than the national average. The issues are ongoing. Today Naval Veterans suffer from herbicide exposure and PTSD. There has also been a lengthy refusal by the Australian Governments to allow benefits and entitlement to the crews involved in RAN logistic support and escort duties.
It is intended that this commemoration be an annual event at the Jack Memorial Southbank.
On completion of the commemoration, all are most welcome and encouraged to enjoy fellowship at the adjacent Ship Inn