Veterans urged to apply for forfeited awards

VETERANS, or the families of deceased veterans, who forfeited their medals have been urged to contact the Department of Defence.

Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester urged families to come forward after the Report of the Inquiry into the Refusal to Issue Entitlements to, Withholding and Forfeiture of Defence Honours and Awards was handed down to the government.

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal was directed to inquire into Defence decisions to withhold medals from serving personnel as far back as 1939.

"The vast majority of veterans who forfeited their medals served during World War Two," Mr Chester said.

"The Government is currently considering the report and will later respond formally to the Chair of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal and the community."

Mr Chester said that veterans and their families greatly value service medals and this was evident from the submissions made to the enquiry.

"There is no register of withheld or forfeited medals, so it is not known how many veterans forfeited their awards," Mr Chester said.

Veterans or their families can contact the Department of Defence on 1800 333 362.

Further information about Defence honours and awards is available at www.defence.gov.au/medals and the full report of the Inquiry into the Refusal to Issue Entitlements to, Withholding and Forfeiture of Defence Honours and Awards is available at Defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au



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