Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is inviting local Vietnam veterans from across our region to apply to attend the 2018 Premier’s Reception at Government House in Sydney in August.

Mr Ward said that each year, the NSW Premier hosts a reception to thank Vietnam War veterans for their service. It compliments similar Receptions held for veterans of the Korean War and veterans of contemporary conflicts.

“This is an opportunity for veterans to come together, to reflect on the bonds of mateship that held them together during the war and to pay respect to those who did not return,” he said.

“It also enables the NSW Government to pay its ongoing respect for the service and sacrifice of the Australian servicemen and women who served.

“The Vietnam War was Australia’s longest engagement of the 20th century. Almost 60,000 Australians fought in the war and 500 lost their lives.

“I encourage all interested veterans to apply to attend this year’s reception, held in August in commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan.

“While it is open to all, veterans who have not attended past receptions will be given precedence in the ballot draw,” Mr Ward said.

The Reception on Saturday 11th August 2018 is at Government House, Sydney.

Online applications for veterans across NSW interested in attending opened on Monday 14th May at https://bit.ly/2KUJEFx.

Applications close 4th June ahead of the ballot on 8th June. Invitations will be sent to those successful in the ballot draw.