Help recognise Australian civilian Vietnam War nurses

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ANMF (Vic Branch) is encouraging members to support an e-petition to the House of Representatives, calling for veteran’s health care cards to be issued to surviving Australian civilian health care personnel who volunteered during the Vietnam War (1964-1972).

A group of surviving Vietnam War civilian nurses is petitioning the Federal Government to issue ‘Gold Cards’ to surviving nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers and laboratory technicians.

The cards, which are issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), provide eligible veterans and former members of Australia's defence force, their widow(er)s and dependants with free health care services.

The personnel were entitled to ComCare up to the age of 65 but, due to age, are now ineligible. Many were awarded Vietnam Logistics & Support and Australian Active Service medals and have the support of the Returned Services League (RSL).

To sign, go to bit.ly/2uZPqgx (petition EN0269) and follow the instructions. You must acknowledge the email confirmation you will receive to ensure that your vote has been registered.

The e-petition closes Wednesday 19 July 2017.

For background information, see ‘Fight for recognition lives on’ (ANMJ May 2016).