Port Stephens veterans were last week presented with appreciation certificates by federal member Meryl Swanson at her Raymond Terrace office.
The Paterson MP expressed her gratitude to the men and women for their service and sacrifice during times of both war and peace.
“I was honoured to present Certificates of Appreciation to veterans from Port Stephens, Maitland and Kurri Kurri area, who have proudly served our nation. The certificates recognise their service during war, conflicts and peacekeeping operations that have taken place since the Second World War,” Ms Swanson said.
“The presentation provided our community with another opportunity to express thanks for the contribution these local men and women have made to our nation.
"No matter what age or ability, each of the recipients donned their best attire and their medals. It was a really important way to salute their service.”
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Under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Saluting Their Service commemorations program, the certificates are available to those who have served during the WWII (in the armed forces or as civilians on the home front), with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) Japan, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq war, Afghanistan war and during peacekeeping operations.
Certificates of Appreciation are also available as a lasting legacy to the family of deceased eligible veterans and civilians.
Applications for the second round of ‘Saluting their Service’ is now open. For information about applying, visit www.dva.gov.au or call the office of Meryl Swanson on 4983 2401.
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Recipients pictured from left: David Paix (Raymond Terrace), Mervyn Hesketh (Louth Park), Colin Cliff (Raymond Terrace), John Hill (Kurri Kurri), Eric Keygan OAM (Kurri-Kurri), Murray Dodds (Kurri-Kurri), Meryl Swanson, John Farmer (Anna Bay), Richard Kidd (Telarah), Allan Nicholson (Anna Bay), Geoff Beiger (Kurri-Kurri), Anthony Mulquiney (Rutherford) and Neville Jelfs (Salt Ash).
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