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Recognising the service of veterans in the Parkes electorate

A Federal Government initiative to recognise veterans involved in conflicts spanning back to the second world war means that many local veterans may be eligible for national recognition of their military service under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program.

MP for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said Certificates of Appreciation are issued as a national gesture of thanks to those who have served our country.

“Certificates of Appreciation are just one way that the Australian Government expresses its gratitude to those who have given so much in protecting our country’s interests and helping to restore and maintain peace around the world,” Mr Coulton said.

“We are grateful for the dedication and sacrifice demonstrated by our veterans’ service to Australia.

Certificates of Appreciation are available for veterans who have served overseas in Australia’s Defence Forces during the Second World War and in wars, conflicts or peacekeeping operations since, or on the home front during the Second World War.

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Not confined to living veterans, family members of a deceased eligible person are also invited to apply for a certificate.

“If you are eligible, or are a family member of a deceased veteran, I encourage you to contact my office to find out more about applying for a certificate,” said Mr Coulton.

Applications can be submitted to Mr Coulton’s Dubbo electorate office at Shop 3/153 Brisbane Street, Dubbo NSW 2830 or via email to [email protected].

More information about Certificates of Appreciation, including the guidelines and an application form is available at www.dva.gov.au/recognition/certificate-appreciation or by contacting the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

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