The Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant was announced by the government on 27 October last year.
The Covenant encourages Australia to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service, and support veterans and their families.
The Covenant includes an oath, which the Australian people will be encouraged to take at community commemorative events, such as Remembrance Day.
The new Veteran Card and an Australian Veteran Lapel Pin and a Reservist Lapel Pin underpin the Covenant.
The intention of the Covenant is to provide employers, businesses, local communities, and veteran and sporting organisations the opportunity to commit to supporting veterans and their families.
Cards will be issued automatically – first to new DVA ‘customers’ followed automatically to existing DVA health card holders (Gold or White) and concession card holders (Orange).
The new-look card will be issued automatically over coming months, along with a Veteran Lapel Pin and Oath as part of a phased roll-out.
A key objective of the Covenant is recognition and support of the Australian community for veterans and their families.
The Oath is a declaration on behalf of the Australian people to give an enduring and formal recognition of the valued contribution that current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families make today, and have made in the past, to our country.
The Oath is not intended to replace the Ode, but is an additional commitment of respect to Australia’s military veterans.
The Oath may be said at special events such as community commemorative events, such as Remembrance Day.
Veteran Lapel Pin and Reservist Lapel Pin
The Veteran Lapel Pin and Reservist Lapel Pin provide a way for the public to recognise and connect with veterans and acknowledge their service to the nation. The pins will help identify veterans when they aren’t wearing their uniform or medals.
The pins will be available for distribution in the first half of this year.
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