ripples of wartime



Jean Matthews (nee Debelle) went to the Vietnam War as a volunteer Red Cross aid worker in 1966, based at Australia’s first military hospital in South Vietnam, known as 2 Field Ambulance, and at the US Hospital in Vũng Tàu. She performed valuable non-medical duties, including writing letters home for injured soldiers. Forty years after serving in Vietnam, Jean wrote an acclaimed book entitled Write Home for Me – A Red Cross Woman in Vietnam. She has maintained strong friendships with many of the men she encountered as Australian soldiers in Vietnam.

Nothing was ever routine in Vietnam. Every day, you never knew what you were in for.  It was crazy, and crazy was the norm!

We acknowledge that the land on which we live, and work is the  traditional land of the Kaurna people and pay our respects to their  Elders - past, present and future. Brink supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. 

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