Ray Middleton has osteoporosis and can't work, relying on a war disability pension from the New Zealand government. But the $500 he receives each fortnight is less than half the allowance the Australian government pays its Vietnam vets with similar disability ratings.
"It's barely enough to live on and no more," Middleton said.
He wants access to a $30 million NZ government fund to assist Vietnam veterans and their families affected by Agent Orange.
But the criteria is so strict, Middleton and many others don't qualify for financial assistance.
Weir said veterans are fed up with trying to cut through the red tape inside Veterans Affairs New Zealand.