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GARY GRAY AO MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRAND

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA 18 Council Avenue Telephone: (08) 9527 9377

ROCKINGHAM WA 6168 Facsimile: (08) 9592 1361

MEDIA RELEASE

Attention: News Editor/Chief of Staff 19/03/08

LOCAL VETERANS RECOGNISED

The service of local veterans in wars, conflicts and peace operations since the Second World War can be recognised with Certificates of Appreciation, Gary Gray, Federal Member for Brand announced today.

Mr Gray said the certificates are available under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorations program.

Certificates of Appreciation are available to those who served overseas in wars, conflicts and peace operations during the Second World War, the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan), Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontations, Vietnam War, Gulf War and Peace Operations. They are also available to civilians and those who served in the defence forces or on the home front during the Second World War.

“We should be proud of our fine history of service in Australia’s defence forces, “ Mr Gray said.

“These certificates provide tangible recognition of the efforts of the many Australian veterans who have served our nation.”

“While many thousands of Australians have had their contributions recognised through certificates since 1995 - veterans and others such as Red Cross and civil aid workers who directly supported Australia’s efforts in conflicts overseas - I am aware that there are others eligible for certificates who have not yet been recognised,” Mr Gray said.

“Servicemen and women continue to put their lives on the line in conflicts and in the name of peace.”

“I urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to contact my office.”

More information about Certificates of Appreciation and how to apply is available on www.dva.gov.au/factsheets or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254.

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