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Founded in 1982 to promote on-going comradeship amongst members, and to assist with the welfare of Vietnam Veterans, their children and whanau. 

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LAST POST - JOHN FRANCIS DEAZLEY (PAST PRESIDENT, NZVVA)

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It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of John on 25 January in Waikato Hospital. 

He served a total of 14 years’ service in the NZ Army with RNZ Signals including 2 years in South Vietnam with 161 Field Battery RNZA.

John has given over 40 years’ service to the RSA movement including dealing with pension applications and welfare matters for veterans.  He served in various positions on Executive Committees at several RSAs and at a District level, including a Trustee of the Auckland District RSA Trust.

As a member of the NZ Vietnam Veterans Association, he served on the National Executive Committee and held the positions of National Vice President and National President during this time.

Rest in Peace John.  Thank you for your service.

LAST POST - Daphne Margaret Shaw (E215491)

It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of Daphne on 2 December 2023. 

Lt Col (Retired) Daphne Shaw served with 1 ALSG at Vung Tau Hospital.  She joined the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps in 1969 as a sister.  Since that time she served in hospitals in all three Services within New Zealand and in NZ Force Hospital in Singapore and, notably, in 1971 for a year with No 1 Field Hospital, Vung Tau, South Vietnam, nursing Allied casualties requiring medical, surgical and intensive care.  She was awarded the Associate of the Royal Red Cross (ARRC) for her services in Vietnam.

During her service, Lt Col (Lieutenant Colonel) Retired D M Shaw demonstrated the highest professional standards in her care of Service and civilian patients and was an inspiration to junior nursing officers and medical staff.

A service to celebrate Daphne's life was held at the Founders Chapel of Remembrance, 117 Rickit Street, Taupo, on Saturday the 9th December.  Followed by a private cremation.  A further memorial service will be held for Daphne at the Clevedon Community Hall, 1 Papakura-Clevedon Road, Clevedon 2582 on 17th February 2024 at 1 pm.

Rest in Peace Daphne.  Thank you for your service.

 

NZ VIETNAM VETERANS NATIONAL REUNION 2024

FOR VETERANS, SPOUSES/PARTNERS, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

Warning Order for Friday 1st Nov to Sunday 3rd November 2024

 REUNION VENUE - TAUPŌ

For more information CLICK HERE

NEW ZEALAND VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE COIN

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New item available in Q Store.  $20 each.  Click here for further information

 

RF CADETS - 75TH REUNION - SEE EVENTS SECTION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE

The NZDF Health Hub website can be found here https://health.nzdf.mil.nz and is worth exploring.  It is part of the work going forward on the health of veterans, serving men & women, and whanau.  A video on how to use the website can be found by clicking on this link:  https://health.nzdf.mil.nz/take-action/using-this-website You will find resources for all members of the NZDF community here.

 

OTAGO UNIVERSITY RESEARCH - LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS

Otago University is looking for participants to take part in a study on alternative and complementary medicine to help relieve pain and distress.  A link to the website is https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/veteranshealth/acupuncture .  For a particpant Information sheet, click below:    https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/veteranshealth/files/2023/05/PIS-update-protected.docx

 

Veterans' Affairs Website - "Learn About Our claims Process"

Veterans' Affairs have advised us that they have a new section on their website called "Learn about our Claims Process".  It contains information specifically for their clients.

It talks about processing times for claims, how to make a claim and what to expect after a claim has been made.  This is initial info and it will be updated quarterly on the website.  

Click on the link below to the new section:

https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/for-clients/information-about-claims/processing-times-for-claims/ 

MENTIONS IN DESPATCHES by dave sabben

Dave Sabben was a Pl Comd in D/6RAR at Long Tan. He has just published a coffee table book based on his letters to his wife Sue.  It is a fantastic read, and will ring all sorts of bells for our cohort. It also tells the Pl level story of Vietnam which will be of interest to the whanau.  Click here for more information and review 1 and review 2Dave's website is www.sabbenmidbook.com where you can find information on how to purchase this book.

  

AL DON - FINALLY LAID TO REST ON HOME SOIL

Vietnam War casualty Sergeant Alastair Don’s grave at Ara Tapu Cemetery, Paraparaumu. His son Mike Don (left) and Chris Turver, former Vietnam War correspondent who was in the vehicle with Don when a landmine blew it up.

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Vietnam War casualty Sergeant Alastair Don’s grave at Ara Tapu Cemetery, Paraparaumu. His son Mike Don (left) and Chris Turver, former Vietnam War correspondent who was in the vehicle with Don when a landmine blew it up.

Click on the link to read the Stuff article about Al Don 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/131729868/one-of-nzs-first-vietnam-war-casualties-finally-laid-to-rest-on-home-soil 

 Vietnam Veterans (Neville Wallace Memorial) Children's & Grandchildren's Trust

The Trust have a new website up and running as the old domain had outlived its usefulness.  The new site can be accessed at:

MEMBERSHIP

Subscriptions are now due for 2023 - 2024.  Cost is $25 per year.  An application form can be downloaded here Word doc or PDF

LATEST FROM THE MoU WORKING GROUP

As advised by NZVVA, the negotiations with the Crown have now concluded.  Click here for the latest communique from the MoU Working Group Chair and the documents that have been released.

PREVIOUS COMMUNIQUES FROM THE MoU WORKING GROUP

Communique Four  -  Click here        Communique Three  - click here        Communique Two -click here        Communique One - click here 

EX-GRATIA PAYMENT

To all Vietnam Veterans, partners and surviving spouses.  Please click on the following link for an important update

Notice to Vietnam Veterans Re Ex-Gratia Payment

 Agent Orange and other research papers 

Click on the links below to access papers submitted by Eddie Nock on

 An update on his research paper can be accessed (click here) along with the information sheet  here

 COMMUNICATIONS

Contact

The next edition for the year will be out in July/August 2023.  Please note this will be emailed to members.

Any contributions for the next edition can be emailed to:

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Remember, this magazine is for you the members so if you have something that you think will interest other members,  pleas send it in.  All articles are welcome.

 NZ MILITARY SERVICE RINGS

Available for purchase direct from the Jeweller.  If you wish to know more information about these rings please contact

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Click on the following link: 

https://www.minturnjewellery.com/shop/Veteran-Military-Rings-c25212377 

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