Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae at Tribute 08

Former Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, ONZM addresses New Zealand Vietnam veterans at Tribute 08 in Wellington, June 2008. Lieutenant General Mateparae formally apologised for the New Zealand Defence Force's lack of support for Vietnam veterans following their tour(s) of duty. Read a full copy of this speech here.


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This apology was the only one that fully registered with me and I felt accepted back into the army family that I hadn't realised I was estranged from. It was healing for me and he was believable in the way he presented his case.

Dennis Griffin V2