Female veterans urged to come forward

Veterans Charlie Williams and Lee Turton are actively encouraging the public to attend Anzac Day services across the Central Goldfields Shire next week.

Maryborough’s branch has endorsed a call from the Federal Government for greater awareness of the service of female veterans at this year’s Anzac Day commemorations.

Member for Wannon and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan this week called for greater understanding of the service and sacrifice of Australia’s female veterans.

“Last year the government held a forum with current and former female Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families where our female veterans said that many did not feel they received recognition for their service,” Mr Tehan said.

“Many of our female veterans observed that when they wore their medals in public many people assumed they were wearing the medals of their father or grandfather.

“So this Anzac Day, if you see anyone wearing medals on their left side it is because they earned those medals and please tell them ‘thank- you’ for their service.”

Maryborough RSL sub-branch president, Steve Braunton said he fully supported the push for greater awareness of female veterans.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, April 21.

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