A fair go for Vietnam War era national servicemen #NashoFairGo

A fair go for Vietnam War era national servicemen #NashoFairGo

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Geoffrey Parkes started this petition to Jordan Steele-John (Greens Senator for WA)

I am one of a group of Vietnam War era national servicemen whose lives were significantly impacted by being conscripted into military service. Fifty years later, we continue to be denied any support from the Australian Government. We call ourselves Nashos. 

Younger people today may find it hard to believe, but between 1965 and 1972, 63,000 young Aussie men were conscripted into service during the Vietnam War - just 7% of all twenty-year-olds. If you did not comply, you could be imprisoned. 

Many of us are still carrying mental and physical problems resulting from our service, despite not making it to Vietnam. Our lives were put on hold for our two years of service, as we were prepared for war through brutal and de-humanising training, under the ever present threat of being sent to Vietnam. 

We have received no reparation or compensation for the years of our youth taken from us. The youngest of us is now 70 years old, and there are probably only 35,000 of us still alive.

All we are asking for is that we Nashos are provided a Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Health Card. This is the card that our fellow national servicemen, who went to Vietnam, received when they turned 70.  We feel this would be fair compensation and a great comfort as we enter old age. 

Please sign and share my petition to show your support for the last generation of Aussie men who endured forced military service. 

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