Vietnam veterans are friends for life
FOUR Vietnam veterans from Brisbane won’t be leaving it another nine years between visits after having a fabulous time in Biggenden.
The visit to Alice St residents Keith and Chris Fisher by Fred Brown, John Parcell, Merv Reid and John Graham was for both business and recreational reasons in that they are all involved in voluntary R&SLA welfare for Vietnam veterans and their families.
Merv Reid, Fred Brown and Keith Fisher were members of an airfield defence unit tasked with securing airfields to allow aircraft to operate.
John Parcell served with 9 RAR as a tracker dog handler and John Graham served with 1 RAR infantry.
As well as advocacy representation, the reason for the outreach tour was to visit rural and other areas outside Brisbane with a view to maintaining ties with mates they served with during their military services.
They also wanted to gain knowledge of any members of their respective associations who lived in these districts and were known to have difficulties in relation to their health and welfare.
The Fishers have also been involved with veterans’ welfare administration for many years, and still maintain contact with association members in the Wide Bay/North Burnett area.
As for the recreational side of the visit, the visitors enjoyed a round of golf, a barbecue and refreshments with their hosts, toured the area and enjoyed a meal or two at the local hotels.
Next time they visit, and it won’t take nine years, the visitors said they would be a party of eight
MATES FOR LIFE: Keith Fisher with Brisbane mates, John Graham, Fred Brown, Merv Reid and John Parcell take to the Biggenden course for a round of golf.