Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel


Chief Government Whip in the Senate
Senator for Tasmania



Schools to Honour Vietnam Veterans Through Awards

Schools across Braddon are being encouraged to commemorate and learn about the service of Vietnam War veterans through an annual awards competition.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh, said the theme of the ANZAC Day Schools’ Awards this year helps mark 50 years since the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

“Throughout 2023, we are honouring some 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including 523 who lost their lives in the service of our nation,” Minister Keogh said.

Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania, said “Braddon has a proud community of Vietnam veterans and the awards are an excellent opportunity for local students to learn their stories”.

“I encourage schools to reach out to Vietnam veterans in their local communities and find out what it was really like to serve in one of the longest conflicts Australia has been involved in,” Senator Urquhart said. “There are great prizes on offer.”

The ANZAC Day Schools’ Awards is an annual national competition that honours the service and sacrifice of Australians who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping operations and inspires students to find out more about our military history.

Entries close on 31 May 2023. For more information, including prizes and entry requirements, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Anzac Portal.

March 1, 2023

Stephanie Mathews (Minister Keogh’s Office): 0407 034 485
Susan Wallace (Senator Urquhart’s Office): 0418 372 198