Gold Cards to Vietnam volunteers
HUNDREDS of doctors, nurses and anaesthetists who volunteered their services during the Vietnam War will receive veterans’ Gold Cards in a landmark decision by the Morrison Government.
After years of advocacy, the Federal Government has agreed to extend the Gold Card to the medical personnel giving them access to the same medical benefits as other veterans.
During the Vietnam War, about 240 doctors and 210 nurses worked in Vietnam as part of Australia’s contribution the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation aid program in South Vietnam.
From 1964 to 1972, the volunteers provided medical services to Vietnamese civilians and helped train local staff.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has pushed for the change for more than five years, said it had taken 50 years but “justice is being done”.
“Just like our soldiers, these medical personnel are Australian heroes, and it is so pleasing to see their campaign for justice be successful.”