New commemorative medallion for Vietnam War vets

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh launched a commemorative medallion today to honour those who served in the Vietnam War.

Mr Albanese said the medallion was a small but meaningful way to honour the service of Vietnam veterans and to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home, and that of their families.

“This year, as we mark 50 years since the role of Australian troops in the hostilities in Vietnam came to a close, let us acknowledge your service and sacrifice,” Mr Albanese said.

“Your experiences during and after the war are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served our country and the debt of gratitude we owe each and every one of you.

“These medallions are a small but meaningful way to honour your service – to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home, and of those who did, and endure the scars of service.”

Mr Keogh the Vietnam War was at times contentious at home, and for some veterans their service not recognised as it should have been.

“To each and every one of our Vietnam veterans – “We honour you. We thank you”, Mr Keogh said.

Some 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War, more than 3000 were wounded and 523 tragically lost their lives.

The medallions announced today are available for every veteran, and can be applied for by Vietnam War veterans, widows of veterans and other family members of veterans.

The launch of the medallions continues the recognition of this significant anniversary throughout 2023, culminating in a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2023.

For more details on the commemorative medallion, including how to apply, or for more information about the other commemorative events planned, visit the DVA website.


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