Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Can't You Hear The Thunder, from the Land Down Under?
Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study - An Intergenerational Study

from Australia

DVA needs Vietnam veterans, Army personnel who served between 1962 to 1975 and their families to take part in a study with the aim of identifying factors that make families resilient. This will give useful information and advice which can be provided to the families of future serving members to support them during their service. The intergenerational study will look at what effect war service in Vietnam may have had on veterans’ families health and well being.

The study has invited 10,000 randomly selected Vietnam veterans and 10,000 randomly selected Army personnel who served from 1962 and 1975 but did not deploy to Vietnam to take part. The success of the study relies on a big response from those invited as well as participation by the families of Vietnam veterans (wives/partners, children, siblings, nieces and nephews) and the families of Army personnel who served during the Vietnam era (wives/partners and children) for comparison.

Adequate numbers in the comparison groups will ensure the study is scientifically valid and help identify any differences in the health and wellbeing of the families in the two groups.

Air Force and Navy personnel who served during the Vietnam era are also able to participate in the study. They will undertake the same survey as Army participants but, due to scientific reasons, their results will be the focus of a separate report. Similarly, Vietnam veterans who are not part of the randomly selected group and the families of deceased veterans can also register to be part of the study.
To contact the Family Study Program:

Phone: 1800 502 302
Mail: Family Study Program
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
GPO Box 9998

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