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 OUR STORY
 In the beginning......

The story of our origins as on organisation is one that should be assigned to history, for future generations of Australian veterans to learn from. It gives an insight into the efforts of veterans to secure proper treatment from governments who send their men and women to war. To understand what Vietnam Veterans' needed to do and why we banded together, and why that bond is as strong as ever…CLICK HERE

 

FEDERATION HISTORY

The birth of the Federation....

For several years between 1981 and 1989 there was an ill wind between the NSW Branch, the Victorian Branch and the National Executive of the VVAA. This was to come to a head when, after several attempts of mediation, the VVAA National Council refused to respond to questions put to a National Meeting, by the NSW President. Several more attempts were made, but without a proper response from the VVAA National Executive to some vital questions, the NSW Branch had to consider its position. With NSW having around half of the association's membership, it being the source of most of the associations documented arguments and with its interests and objectives being ignored, there seemed no choice.

Between 1979 and 1995 the NSW Branch had been at the forefront of most of the VVAA National Councils research and investigations on behalf of Vietnam Veterans. The fight to prove 'Agent Orange' affected not only those returning from Vietnam, but our offspring as well, is well documented on the VVFA (National) website. ( http://www.vvfa.org.au ).

Separate campaigns that saw VVCS offices created and Operation Life Programs established, (supported by all ESOs), flourished in the 1980s and 1990s. NSW successfully mounted AAT Hearings and High Court rulings that proved time and again that the DVA was deliberately denying veterans their just rights under the law. That they be given the benefit of all doubt when making claims.

In February 1995 at a general meeting, the NSW Branch chose to disassociate itself from the National Council of the VVAA. At a further meeting in July of 1995 interstate organisations also agreed to join with NSW and form a new national body calling itself the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, (VVFA). South Australia, the ACT and Queensland, along with NSW became the founding member States. Between 1995 and 1981, with other States VVAA members becoming disenchanted, some of their number disaffiliated also and chose to join the Federation, so that by the end of 1982 we had increased State membership to include Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

 Continuing the battles.......

Amid the upheaval within our ranks, a split with The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, and the unfortunate demise of prominent people within our ranks, we still manage to pull together, without faltering, or losing sight of our objectives. The story of what we needed to do, to force recognition, just compensation, and a justified application of our rights as should be applied to all service men and women. It is the true essence of the tenacity that made up the soldier of the day. The Vietnam Veteran.

Our strength to lobby government officials on matters relative to the Veteran community, as well as those still serving, is considerable. With sittings at round-table discussions with the government of the day we have been able to successfully seek a new research and history into the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam Veterans and their children. We have recently undertaken a raft of matters to government, including the closure of VAN offices, the threat against the VVCS, the attack on veteran pensioners, and the reduction in soldiers superannuation, to name a few. The fight never ends.

 

 

THE VIETNAM WAR
A BRIEF HISTORY FOR STUDENTS

Recently completed as at October 2016 this brief history of the Vietnam War from Australias perspective details why we went to war, its onfolding prolongation, and the inevetable end.
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