Ken Foster OAM – AVCAT Board

We wanted to get to know our board members a little better. Our board works so hard for AVCAT giving us their time, skills and experience. We asked them to tell us their stories and how that motivates them to give so much of themselves to AVCAT and the ex-service community.

My name is Ken Foster. I served in the Australian army in Malaya, South Vietnam and Papua New Guinea during a 21 year career.

Ken Foster - from ABC website

Since my retirement from the army in 1981, I have been a passionate supporter of ex-service veterans and their families. The work volunteers do for the ex-service community is important because it allows individuals to express their passion and concern for others’ welfare.

I was initially involved with the Australian Vietnam War Veterans Trust which later developed into AVCAT when it was decided the remaining funds were best suited to supporting the children of Vietnam Veterans.

My experience in the ex-service community has been as part of Legacy, supporting the widows and children of deceased veterans, the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, supporting veterans of the Vietnam War and their families and a particular interest in the formation and ongoing development of the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service now known as Open Arms.

AVCAT is very important because it allows the government through the Long Tan Bursaries and the ex-service community and its supporters through a range of bursaries and scholarships to encourage children of veterans to improve their education and future prospects.

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