Over 50 years, since my Vietnam homecoming, I have met so many veterans, family and friends who have struggled for so long to reconcile their feelings of grief and loss.
As young veterans they were promised their national service and sacrifice would be appreciated and rewarded by their community.
However, our history of war has proved how difficult it has been to acknowledge, reconcile or compensate for the horrors, loss and often a lifetime of illness and trauma.
I am so grateful Department of Veterans Affairs records prove the service of around 200 South Gippsland Vietnam Veterans.
I encourage veterans, family, friends and our community to attend the official acknowledgment and naming of veterans on August 18, at Leongatha.
Richard Lester, Leongatha.