Media Release - Albany RSL funding success

18/4/2016

Albany RSL has received funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War. 
“I am delighted that the Albany RSL sub-branch has received $10,034 to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day and the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan,” Federal Member for O’Connor Wilson said.
“The Albany RSL is an active, hard-working branch and I was pleased to  support their application. 
“I met with special functions committee chairman Laurie Fraser on Friday to congratulate him on this achievement.”  
Mr Wilson said the grant would enable the Albany RSL to continue its important role acknowledging Albany’s place in Anzac history.
“It is fitting that the Australian Government has provided funding to honour the contribution of our Vietnam veterans as part of our commemorations for the Anzac Centenary and a Century of Service,” Mr Wilson said.
“In August this year, Albany will commemorate 50 years since one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War — the Battle of Long Tan.
“It is important that the contribution of all those who served our nation in Vietnam is never forgotten.”
The Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program provides one-off funding of between $4,000 and $20,000 for community-based commemorative projects and activities that directly commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War under the theme of ‘camaraderie’.
521 Australians died in the Vietnam War during the period 1962–72, including 200 National Servicemen. More than 3,000 were wounded.
For more information about Saluting Their Service grants, visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Media contact: Monica O’Shea, 9842 2777 or 0402 097 455
 

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