Viet­nam veter­ans are friends for life

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

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.

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