Car hon­ours Viet­nam vets

St Marys Out­post com­mem­o­rated in Par­lia­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Vera Ber­tola

LONDONDERRY state ALP MP Prue Car paid a heart­felt trib­ute in State Par­lia­ment to St Marys Viet­nam Veter­ans’ Out­post late last month.

Ms Car spoke about the veter­ans’ or­gan­i­sa­tion after at­tend­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice at St Marys RSL Club for the 50th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Long Tan on Au­gust 18.

She at­tended the cer­e­mony along with the former Gover­nor of NSW Marie Bashir.

“I am well aware of the strong con­nec­tion my com­mu­nity has to our ser­vice­men and women – those who have served and those who are cur­rently serv­ing the na­tion,” Ms Car said.

“It is be­cause we all have a per­sonal story; we all have a con­nec­tion.

“It is thanks to the work of the St Marys Viet­nam Veter­ans’ Out­post that our com­mu­nity comes to­gether to com­mem­o­rate the enor­mous sac­ri­fice made by our men and women dur­ing that war.”

Ms Car said she wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity in Par­lia­ment to “ac­knowl­edge ... the deep trauma ex­pe­ri­enced by so many veter­ans upon their re­turn to our coun­try, fol­lowed by so many years of pain”.

“I have been told of the trauma by many veter­ans at the Out­post, and I know that many mem­bers have heard sim­i­lar sto­ries,” she said.

Ms Car high­lighted the in­valu­able as­sis­tance the Out­post pro­vided to Viet­nam veter­ans and former ser­vice­men and woman and their fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.

On top of pro­vid­ing this ex­cel­lent sup­port, St Marys Viet­nam Veter­ans’ Out­post of­fers many dis­counted ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity events such as the fishing club and host­ing com­mu­nity lessons.

Ms Car said the Out­post re­lied on the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity and the sup­port of the RSL in or­der to op­er­ate.

“Our com­mu­nity is en­riched by the recog­ni­tion and sup­port of the St Marys Viet­nam Veter­ans’ Out­post,” Ms Car said.

“We must al­ways honour these men and women who have served our coun­try.”

Although pri­mar­ily an as­so­ci­a­tion of Viet­nam Veter­ans, the sub-branch also pro­vides as­sis­tance to Aus­tralian veter­ans of other con­flicts, serv­ing mem­bers of Australia’s armed forces and veter­ans of al­lied forces.

It is lo­cated in The Train, cor­ner of Hall St and Mamre Rd, St Marys.

De­tails: 9833 4711 or visit the Out­post Face­book page.

Prue Car paid trib­ute to the St Marys Out­post in Par­lia­ment.

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