Jim Chisnall and John Rutland (president of Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Hervey Bay) participate in the Veterans Day activities. Photos:
Jim Chisnall and John Rutland (president of Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Hervey Bay) participate in the Veterans Day activities. Photos:

War veterans bring in new blood

JOHN Rutland attended the funeral of a Vietnam Veteran last week and it started him thinking.

“Our ranks are slowly thinning and we will eventually need somebody to carry on the good work,” the president of the Vietnam Veterans of Australia Association (VVAA) Hervey Bay city sub-branch said.

“Australia's been involved in many conflicts since the end of the Vietnam war and this has resulted in a lot of younger Australians needing help, advice and a place to belong.

“To this end the VVAA Hervey Bay sub-branch has formed an alliance with the post '75 veterans to bring in some new blood and we have some of them here at this service today and I welcome them.”

Volunteer advocate and yesterday's parade marshall Jim Chisnall said veterans of recent conflicts were developing similar problems to Vietnam veterans and there were a lot of services available to help them.

Mr Rutland said Vietnam Veterans Day was not only a time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, those who had passed away since and those who were damaged physically or psychologically by the war, it was a day of celebration.

“Old mates get together to reminisce and keep alive the spirit of mateship that was forged under very difficult circumstances,” he said.

“Even though we may not have seen some of these mates for years, when we see them it was just like yesterday.”



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