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Bursaries available for children of Vietnam veterans.

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M r . D a v i d H a w k e r M P

F e d e r a l M e m b e r f o r W a n n o n

19 August 2003


The children of Vietnam veterans are being encouraged to apply for a Long Tan Bursary to help with their tertiary studies.

The Bursary is an Australian Government initiative run by the Australian Vietnam War Veterans Trust.

It was set up in August 2000 after the Vietnam Veterans’ Health Study.

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - said today the Long Tan Bursary would help Vietnam veterans’ children make the move to university, TAFE or other tertiary studies.

“The health study highlighted the need to strengthen the support available to Vietnam veterans and their families," Mr. Hawker said.

“The Government recognised the importance of education in helping the children of Vietnam veterans realise their full potential.

“Thirty bursaries, each worth $6000, are available each year to help the sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans get the qualifications and skills they need to follow their chosen career.”

The Long Tan Bursary is named after the Battle of Long Tan, the best-known battle fought by Australians in Vietnam.

On August 18 1966, D Company 6 RAR finally overwhelmed an enemy force of up to 3000 troops after the Australians were ambushed in a rubber plantation north of the village of Long Tan.

Mr. Hawker said the Long Tan Bursary was open to Australian Vietnam veterans’ children up to the age of 25 who were planning to enrol in their first year of full-time tertiary education.

Applications for the 2004 Long Tan Bursary close at the end of October. More information is available by calling 1800 620 361.

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