A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for Victorian school groups to visit and tour the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island.

The museum was founded and built by Vietnam veterans and is dedicated to the heritage and legacy of Australia’s longest military engagement of the 20th century. It houses a huge collection of artefacts, including helicopters, vehicles and aircraft.

The $200,000 in funding from Labor will cover entry and tour costs for Victorian school groups and will mean even more school students will learn the stories of the 60,000 Australians who served our nation, including the 521 diggers who never made it home.

This builds on Labor’s plan to help every single government secondary school in Victoria host a guest speaker from the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA).

This will give students the opportunity to learn directly from those who have served our nation, and to experience their courage and dignity firsthand.

Leaving no costs to schools, Labor will cover speaking fees and travel expenses for participating veterans.

In 2016, the Andrews Labor Government introduced new curriculum materials to help teachers and students learn more about the Vietnam War.

Labor will also ensure that the testimonies of veterans visiting our schools are recorded and used to inform future resources for students.

These resources, capturing our veterans’ personal stories, will make sure our next generation is learning about the Vietnam War, and its ongoing impact upon the men and women who served.

We will always remember those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today, and never forget their contribution to our country.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren

“We’re helping to put a human face to the Vietnam War and the tragedy that unfolded.”

“This investment builds on the work we’ve already done to make sure the next generation of Victorians remember the sacrifices made by our Vietnam veterans.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale

“The National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island plays such a crucial role in educating Victorians about our longest military engagement of the 20th century and we’re making sure they can expand their work.”

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