IN VIETNAM VETERANS’ WELFARE
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (INC.)
The formation of Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans’ Welfare Association of Western Australia (Inc.) (ANVVWA) was born out of the Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans Association of Western Australia (Inc.) (VLSVA) by Mr China Hammal. Welfare has always been a priority of the VLSVA (WA) since it's formation on 28th May 1991. As Welfare Officer of the VLSVA (WA), Mr China Hammal became aware of individuals who were in emergency situations and who were unable to get financial assistance from other organizations because they did not qualify. As the need for more and more assistance in claims and welfare work grew. Some members of the VLSVA raised concerns about the involvement of the VLSVA with advocacy work and after much discussion and investigation of the matter, it was decided to form an Association separate from the VLSVA for the purpose of Welfare assistance. A great deal of work was done in setting up the Association and in preparing a constitution. China obtained permission from the Royal Australian Navy to register the name of "AUSTRALIAN NAVY IN VIETNAM VETERANS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (INC.)" and thanks to the support of members, DVA, Perth RSL and a few prayers, the inaugural meeting was held to form the Welfare Association on 17th April 1997.
Mr Jim Dalton, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs addressed the meeting, stating that he felt the formation of the Welfare Association was an important process. His involvement with ex-service members of the community was necessary to help him reflect the views of the members to Government and his Department. Mr Dalton also advised that once the funds had run out of the “Australian Vietnam War Veterans’ Trust Fund (Agent Orange)” which wound up in December 1996, then the formation of this Association would help fill a gap in the welfare field. Since it's formation the Association has achieved well in excess of 1,000 successful applications for disability pensions, service pensions and war widow pensions with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Military Compensation & Rehabilitation Service, the Veterans’ Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Initially formed to
provide assistance to Navy Vietnam Veterans, with the passing of time and the
changes in the world scenario, we now offer our assistance to all members of
the Australian Defence Force, both serving and ex service veterans from all
theatres of operation.
We have been most fortunate in being supported by the Australian Army who allow our Association to utilize the office rooms under the medical centre, Building 18, at Leeuwin Barracks in Fremantle.
NAVY IN VIETNAM VETERANS’
ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC.