June 23, 2023

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is inviting defence force veterans who served overseas in Australia’s Defence Forces from the Second World War on, and those who served on the home front during the Second World War, to apply for a Certificate of Appreciation from the Australian Government.

 “The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Program is making the Certificates of Appreciation available as a way of expressing the nation’s gratitude to those who served,” Mr O’Brien said.

 “Certificates of Appreciation will be issued to veterans who served overseas in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, or to those who provided logistics support in Vietnam, or served on the home front during World War II.”

 The Certificates of Appreciation are designed primarily for living veterans to express the nation’s gratitude for their service.

 While family members can apply on behalf of eligible veterans who are deceased, certificates will not be issued on behalf of Boer War or First World War veterans.

 National Servicemen who served overseas in eligible conflicts and operations, including Vietnam, and Reserve personnel who served in one of the Peacekeeping Operations theatres are eligible for a Certificate of Appreciation for that service.

 “I encourage all eligible veterans to apply for their Certificate of Appreciation.”

 “Application forms and further information regarding eligibility is available by contacting Mr O’Brien’s office on 4121 2936, or [email protected], or by visiting the website www.llewobrien.com.au.

 “Australia is grateful for their service, and this is a small way of showing the nation’s appreciation for their contributions which have secured our freedom,” Mr O’Brien said.


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.