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Thursday, July 25, 2024

37 Long Tan bursaries awarded

More than half a century since Australian troops withdrew from Vietnam, their legacy lives on through the Long Tan Bursary.

The Battle of Long Tan was Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War, with the highest number of Australian casualties in a single engagement.

Recognising the intergenerational impacts of conflict, more than 20 years ago the Long Tan Bursary was born, following the advocacy of Vietnam veterans for their descendants to be supported with costs related to tertiary education if they need it.

The Long Tan Bursary awards up to $12,000 per person to children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans to assist with costs related to tertiary education.

This year, 37 children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans have been awarded the bursary, to support them in gaining the skills and qualifications they need to pursue their chosen career.

“I congratulate all of this year’s recipients of the Long Tan Bursary,” said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh.

“Last year we marked 50 years since the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but our commitment to supporting the families of Vietnam Veterans does not end there.

“I truly believe that no matter who you are or where you’re from, all Australians deserve access to a good education. I hope this bursary will help students from across the country access the education and skills they need to thrive.”

To date, more than 967 students have received the bursary, allowing them to achieve their dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, and artists, among other professions.

“The Long Tan Bursary gives children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans a leg up into tertiary education,” said Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Thistlethwaite.

“Service impacts not only the person who signs the enlistment form, but those who love them too. These bursaries recognise that impact, and go a small way to re-balance the scales.

“Well done to all the recipients and I look forward to seeing where these bursaries take them.”

Applications for the 2025 Long Tan Bursary will open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2024.

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