Vietnam veterans will be represented in the district court in Levin on Wednesday when former Otaki RSA president Don Moselen appears to answer charges including falsely wearing Vietnam war medals.
The Ex-Vietnam Services Association representing 1,350 surviving vets has asked a barrister to explain the anger felt by them that anyone would deliberately set out to steal the courage and dignity of those who died.
Levin barrister Brian Gore is himself a Vietnam veteran who was wounded.
President of the association John Barrett has written to the court asking that Mr Gore be allowed to speak.
Thirty-seven New Zealanders died in the Vietnam conflict.
It's the first time anyone in this country has been charged under the 1918 Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act with falsely wearing a medal.
The maximum fine of $500 has remained unchanged since 1918.