RAAF Vietnam Veterans Association

RAAFVVA AND RAAFA (Vic) VIETNAM VETERANS BRANCH

History

The RAAF Vietnam Veterans Association (RAAFVVA) was formalised at the inaugural Annual General Meeting held on Anzac Day 1987. Meetings and reunions were held in the then RAAF Sergeants Mess located in Dorcas Street, South Melbourne until the Association was provided with a permanent room in the Melbourne RSL (The Duckboard Club), 91 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000. With the sale of the RSL building and closure of the Duckboard in 2006, the RAAF Vietnam Veterans Association now meets at the RAAF Association Rooms at East Hawthorn.

The Association operated as a social organisation until the need for welfare support was recognised. This resulted in the RAAFVVA seeking affiliation with the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, and as a consequence became a sub-branch of the VVAA in June 1992.

In 2012, after a referendum of members, the Association became an affiliated member of the Royal Australian Air Force Association, as the Vietnam Veterans Branch. In accordance with the wishes expressed by members at the time of the amalgamation with the Air Force Association (Victorian Division), we continue to operate in tandem with the Victorian Vietnam Veterans State Association of Australia as a small (but viable) RAAFVVA sub-branch. The Association maintains its involvement in all aspects of Veteran Welfare support and is well placed to meet the welfare needs of RAAF veterans.

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Associations accord closely to those of the AFA and the VVAA and are stated in the Constitution as:

  • To assist the State and National bodies of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia to meet their objectives in accordance with their respective constitutions
  • To provide direct welfare support and assistance to the members of the Association and other veterans as appropriate
  • To maintain the traditions and sentiments of Anzac Day and Vietnam Veterans Day by organising and encouraging Association members to attend the marches, services, and other functions held on those days
  • To provide the link between individual members of the Association and the various veterans support organisations
    To promote goodwill and camaraderie between members of all Vietnam Veteran organisations
  • To plan and organise social functions and reunions