SUPPORTING charities and the occasional get-together is what the local National Serviceman’s branch is all about.
The South West Victorian sub-branch of the National Serviceman’s Association of Australia celebrated its 15th anniversary on the weekend with about 75 people from across the state celebrating the milestone.
Sub-branch president Vern Delaney was 18 when he was called up for National Service in 1952.
“There were hundreds from this area called up,” he said.
“I think it probably brought the greatest change to all of our lives.
“There was a huge number of country lads. Some went onto the regular army and served in Vietnam.”
Mr Delaney said the weekend’s celebrations brought state president Robert McIvor and vice-president Douglas Black.
“We have good contact will all sub branches,” he said.
“The social side of things is very important to us. Everyone enjoys coming up to Warrnambool.
“The main theme for us though is the support of the local charities.”