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Vietnam Oral Hypothesis The Vietnam Veteran undertook a different experience on their return from duty than that was previously seen in Australian history Focus Question Discuss the experiences of returning Australian service man from the Vietnam War The Vietnam War was different to all other wars seen in Australian history It was an undeclared war with an enemy that was able to become part of a Vietnam community or was the community for example the Australian army had to search the village of Phuoc Hai Due to government policies and the influence of the new medium of media showing images of whole villages being destroyed the war became extremely unpopular in Australia over its ten year span The Vietnam War left very few Australians untouched as the society saw a long period of challenge and defiance towards authority Consequently due to the views of the war and the fact that Australia and America lost the war Australian serviceman who served voluntarily or were conscripted into the war endured a prolonged period of unwelcome This created much hostility and in Australian society The Vietnam Veteran was existent in Australia in the years post Vietnam withdrawal VW However they held a very low and at times non-existent profile in the community which had never been seen in the previous status of return service men The Vietnam veteran became evident when the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia was set up after a long time lag after the VW occurring in 1979 The health issues arising in society around this time in connection with the use of Agent Orange was thought to be contributing to illnesses including skin eyes respiratory and cardiovascular irritations The Vietnam veteran was not official recognised by society due to the embarrassments associated with the war The government and society believed that by forgetting the return service men of an illegitimate and lost war the memories associated with the war would
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