The Badge of the VVAA
While serving as the New South Wales State President of the
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Mick Scrase
JP, and the then NSW Secretary, Denise Burke came to the
conclusion that the Association should have a badge, a national
symbol by which members could be recognised.
After many sketches, they came up with the proposal for:
- The map of Vietnam, with the North shown in red to
represent communism, and green to represent the free
South and the jungle.
- The Rising Sun, as a continuation of the ANZAC
tradition, representing the Army, Navy and Air Force of
- The National Flag.
- A C130 or C132 used for the spraying of chemicals.
- The central orange background to represent Agent Orange,
the most widely known of the chemicals which were used
- The outer circle in black to represent those who who
have died, directly and indirectly as a result of the
This was the final draft that was put to the National Council
(Phil Thompson was the National President at this time)
and the New South Wales Branch. In those days, both worked side
by side out of the HQ, which was at the rear of the Granville RSL
Youth Club Hall in Blaxcell Street.
The design was agreed, quotes were sought from a number of
companies and Perfection Plate was given the order to
manufacture. The design number was 582/82.
The badge was well-accepted at first, but a few years later
the VVAA was advised that RAN members did not think that they
were represented. Their opinion was that the Rising Sun
represented the Army, and the plane represented the Air Force.
At the same time, attendance at what was then Long Tan Day
services dropped off because Navy and Air Force thought that it
was for Army only. The Committee discussed these serious
problems, and a change to the colour of the flag on the badge was
moved and carried unanimously. With these changes, the badge now
shows the White Ensign for Navy, the Rising Sun for Army, and the
Plane for Air Force.
This badge is now a registered trade mark of the Vietnam
Veterans Association of Australia (as is the name), and by law
may only be used by members, Sub- Branches and State Branches of
the VVAA, as authorised by the National Council of the VVAA.
See also The Motto of the VVAA