Veterans, Australian Defence Force personnel and their families should apply now for their unclaimed medals, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, announced today.
“Defence is encouraging applications for defence medals to be submitted before the end of February to ensure veterans, ADF members and families can receive their medals in time for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations this year,” Mr Chester said.
“Wearing of medals, either your own or a relative’s, continues to be a special tradition on Anzac Day as Australians remember our history and honour the individual and collective service of so many Australians.
“The research required to confirm eligibility for medals can be quite extensive and Defence continues to work diligently to ensure Australians can wear their medals on Anzac Day. However, applications that require extensive research or additional documentation may take longer to process.”
Application forms can be found on the Defence Honours and Awards website at www.defence.gov.au/medals
Completed forms should be sent to the Defence at:
Defence Honours and Awards
CP2-1, Department of Defence
PO Box 7952
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Defence Service Centre, 1800 333 362 or honours.awards [at] defence.gov.au?Subject=Defence%20Honours%20and%20Awards&Body=Given%20Name:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Surname:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Service:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Service%20Number%20or%20PMKeyS%20Number:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Current%20Serving%20(Y/N):%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Phone:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Mobile:%20%0D%0A%0D%0A%20Comments:">honours.awards [at] defence.gov.au
Chloe Petch (Darren Chester’s Office) (02) 6277 4029
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999