The latest from the
Vietnam Veterans Family Study;
in the next month or two the Qualitative part of the study will be made
public and the Quantitative part of the study should be completed by the
end of 2011. The release of the results from the Quantitative Studies will be
managed by the Minister for Veterans Affairs after being endorsed by the
Consultative Forum and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and accepted by the
Repatriation Commission. The duration of the study has been reduced by
approximately four years and should now be completed by the end of 2012. (from
The Children of Vietnam
Veterans Health Study Inc (COVVHS) met on the 19th March and have resolved to
move from a position of monitoring the conduct of the study to act to increase
public awareness of the significance of the study and the importance of the
findings. COVVHS has also resolved to be proactive in lobbying Parliamentarians
to ensure that, at the conclusion of the study, the Government and Department of
Veterans Affairs are aware that it is an imperative that new policy emanating
from the findings of the study is formulated and implemented without delay.
COVVHS recognizes that this will be a challenging task, with the Government
policy of returning the Budget to surplus in 2013 making it difficult to get
financial support for new initiatives which have not been recognized in the
forward estimates. We will need all the assistance we can gather to be assured
For more information from
the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Contact; Bill Wallace,
VIETNAM WAR FAMILY STUDY
PROCEEDING – MORE SUPPORT NEEDED
Have you received a
Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study questionnaire? If so, then you have been selected
to test this questionnaire as part of the Pilot Study.
It’s not too late to make
a difference. Your participation in the Pilot Study of this world first program
investigating the effect of war service on the health and welfare of families of
military personnel is vital. To make this study a success, the researchers need
to know how the war affected you and yours. After all, every story is different.
Or is it?
They also need to know
why some families deal better than others with the impacts of military service.
The Pilot Study of the
questionnaires and the study’s administrative processes involves 320 randomly
selected participants. If you have been selected for the Pilot Study, your
participation will greatly assist in testing both the questionnaires and
administrative process to identify any changes which need to be made to improve
You can make a
difference, so if you have received a questionnaire, please complete and return
it as soon as possible. If you need any additional information, or if you need a
new survey sent to you, please do not hesitate to contact the Family Study
Program via the DVA Health Study Line on the toll free number 1800 502 302.
Please note that participation in this study is voluntary and you can withdraw
at any time. Your participation will not affect any pension, benefits or health
services you or your family are entitled to from the Department.
Also included is the the new DVA Website link:
Website for Vietnam Veterans' Family Study