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NSW Vietnam War Veterans Invited to Premier's Reception

Vietnam veterans living in NSW have been invited to attend the 2018 Premier's Reception at Government House in August.

The Reception hosted by the NSW Premier is an annual event to thank Vietnam War veterans for their service.

It complements similar receptions held within the state for veterans of the Korean War and contemporary conflicts, respectively.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin commented on the importance of the event, saying: “This is an opportunity for veterans to come together, to reflect on the bonds of mateship that held them together during the war and to pay respect to those who did not return.

“It also enables the NSW Government to pay its ongoing respect for the service and sacrifice of the Australian servicemen and women who served.”

The Vietnam War was Australia’s longest engagement of the 20th century, with almost 60,000 Australians fighting, and 500 who lost their lives.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said he was pleased to honour Vietnam War veterans and their families, particularly during the Centenary of ANZAC, which recognises the service of those who have served in the Australian Defence Force over the past one hundred years.

“I encourage all interested veterans to apply to attend this year’s reception, held in August in commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan," he said.

“While it is open to all, veterans who have not attended past receptions will be given precedence in the ballot draw."

The reception will be held on August 11 this year at Government House in Sydney.

Online applications for veterans across NSW interested in attending are now open.

Applications close June 4, ahead of the ballot on June 8. Invitations will be sent to those successful in the ballot draw.

Image Source: Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

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