Viet vets called on for help

VIETNAM-era service personnel and their families are being asked for help once again.

This time it is to join a study researching the long-term effects of war service on families and children.

Respected soldier and Vietnam veteran General Peter Cosgrove has joined the campaign to encourage people to get involved by sending letters of encouragement to those who have already been randomly targeted but have not yet responded.

In his letter General Cosgrove writes: 'Your contribution will help shape approaches and policies which will not only aid those in need from that era but many thousands of young men and women in uniform and their families in the future.'

Twenty thousand invitations have already been mailed to personnel, however to date only 2200 veterans have responded.

The researchers are aiming for a recruitment target of 10,000, ideally 5000 Vietnam-era personnel (veterans and non-Vietnam veterans) and 5000 of each group's children.

“If you served in the army during the Vietnam War, even if you didn't go to Vietnam, you can help,” General Cosgrove said.

“Talk to your mates and encourage those invited to participate and encourage their families to participate as well.”

Contact the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service 24 hours/day on 1800 011 046.

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