The virtual Sub Branch of the VVAA was formed in order to
fulfill a need identified by the National Executive in
1999. Many Vietnam veterans in Australia live in remote
areas, are unable to attend meetings, find out about the issues
currently involving veterans or about the Association's response
to those issues.
Other veterans live overseas, and for the same reasons are
unable to stay in touch. An expanding number of United
States Vietnam veterans are seeing how the VVAA has taken the
lead in identifying and addressing veterans' issues, and want to
be a part of that process. Others served with Australians,
and identify strongly with the Australian experience as it
relates to Vietnam veterans.
The virtual Sub Branch, as implied by its name, is operated
through the electronic media, email and the internet. If
you haven't got regular access to the internet and email, then
there's probably not a lot of point in joining. The virtual
Sub Branch is administered for the time being, by the Victorian
State Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.
What do you get? For $A20.00 (which is
currently less than $US12) per annum, payable on 1 January each
year, you will receive copies of National correspondence that
relates to Vietnam veterans' issues, redirects of Department of
Veterans' Affairs media releases, electronic copies of Debrief
and of any State Branch or Sub Branch magazines that are provided
to the National Executive in electronic form. You have
access to the memorabilia/sale items, including badges through
the e-commerce part of our site.
What don't you get? Well, there's no formal
management structure to the virtual Sub-Branch. It doesn't
have a President, Secretary or Treasurer. Consequently you
don't get to vote people into management positions, or on issues
relating to Vietnam veterans. Although we might include a
questionnaire from time to time, just to see what the feeling is.