Funding support to help Vietnam veterans' children in Western Sydney

Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Students from across Australia have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary Scheme.  
 
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester congratulated 34 students, who are children of Australia’s Vietnam War veterans and who will receive financial support to undertake post-secondary education. 
 
“I am honoured to announce the successful recipients of the Long Tan Bursary,” Mr Chester said. 
 
“The sacrifices their family made during the Vietnam War should never be forgotten or underestimated.” 
 
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne congratulated local western Sydney student, Mr Andrew Kramer, for his selection to receive support through the Long Tan Bursary Scheme. 
 
“This scheme underscores the deep commitment of the Australian government to supporting veterans and their families,” Senator Payne said.  
 
“I am very pleased that Andrew will be supported to peruse his studies at Western Sydney University, and that the Long Tan Bursary continues to honour our Vietnam veterans.”   
 
Mr Andrew Kramer, a Blacktown resident, said he was pleased to receive the Bursary. 
 
"Receiving the Bursary means that I can focus on academic achievements, rather than financial stress,” Mr Kramer said.  
 
"The Long Tan Bursary is an excellent program, these scholarships go a long way in undoing the harm that war inflicts on the family." 
 
Selected students will receive financial assistance worth up to $12,000 over three years. 
 
A total of 34 students across Australia received the bursaries. 
 
Applications for the 2019 scheme will open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 
31 October.  
 
The 2018-19 Budget extended the eligibility for the Long Tan Bursary to include grandchildren of Vietnam veterans and will come into effect on 1 August 2019. For more information, visit the DVA website.  

 

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