Neil Mitchell starts campaign to have AFL round dedicated to Vietnam War veterans, Glenn Archer backs idea
Neil Mitchell wants an AFL round dedicated to Vietnam War veterans.
And some of the game’s biggest names are backing the campaign.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Long Tan.
60,000 Australians fought in the war, with 521 killed.
Many soldiers were treated appallingly upon their return, coming back to Australia under the cover of darkness to avoid being abused and spat on.
‘That pain continues for many veterans,’ Neil Mitchell said on Monday.
‘The wounds have not healed after 50 years.
‘And I think we can help.’
Glenn Archer’s father served in the war.
He said it was a fantastic idea.
‘The AFL is a fantastic platform to get people to sit up, learn and pay their respects,’ the two-time premiership player said.
‘Some of the things these people went through … absolutely horrendous.’
Click PLAY below to hear more about the idea on 3AW Mornings
South Australian footy great Graham Cornes is also on board.
Click PLAY below to hear Graham Cornes speak with Neil Mitchell