Launch of Operation AWARE 2 : Veterans Left out of the “Land of Hope and Dreams”
ADSO today launched ‘Operation AWARE 2′ being the second phase of its public’s awareness campaign to explain how unfair and unjust the Government has been to take no action to either fairly index Military Superannuation pensions to reflect the cost of living increases, or to restore Veterans’ Disability Pensions parity.
The launch is timed as a lead up to Vietnam Veterans’ Day on the 18th August, a day that will allow Australia as a whole to remember the contributions made by their country men and women in the Vietnam War. The day also marks the anniversary of one of Australia’s most significant campaigns in that war – the Battle of Long Tan.
Will the Federal Government remember the Ex Service Men and Women who served in that war and others? Will that Government now consider treating them fairly!? If the recent speech by the Treasurer, The Hon Wayne Swan MP is anything to go by, indications are that it remains reluctant to do so.
Of course, that attitude must remain an outrage until such time that the perpetuated injustices are removed from all those who are serving, have served, including from their widows and those who are on invalid and disabled pensions.