Vietnam Veterans

I had the pleasure of welcoming to the Bellarine the state sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association, which held its first council meeting for 2017 at the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL. The association is an important organisation that provides a very effective support and advocacy service to Vietnam vets, many of whom 50 years later still suffer physically or psychologically or both as a result of their service. I take this opportunity to commend the state sub-branch president, Bob Elworthy, AM, and his state delegates and also the Geelong and district sub-branch president, Rieny Nieuwenhof, and his team for the work they are doing for local veterans and families, not forgetting their host for the day, the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL, which amongst many things always organises a very fitting Anzac dawn service, which every year I have the honour of attending.