Vietnam vets branch folds
The West Gippsland sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association has folded.
Twenty-two members made the decision at a special meeting recently to draw the curtain on the sub-branch formed 21 years ago.
The inability to form a committee for the current year sparked the decision.
Most Vietnam veterans are in their 70s or close to that age.
In a report to the district’s former defence force members that served in Vietnam Mike Latimer, president for the past two years, said terminating the sub-branch was never on his agenda during his presidency but pointed out that other sub-branches were going through the same process.
Despite the closure of the sub-branch many specific local services and events for exVietnam service people will continue.
These include the Vietnam Veterans Welfare Centre in Drouin, family fun days at Glen Cromie and annual dinner at the Warragul RSL clubrooms.
A six-person sub-committee was formed to oversee dispersal of the sub-branch’s assets.
Members of the former West Gippsland group can maintain membership of the Vietnam Veterans Association by joining one of a number of sub-branches still remaining in Gippsland or outer eastern areas of Melbourne.