New pin to recognise families of diggers

April 23, 2012

A new pin will recognise the role family members make when Australian military personnel serve overseas, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
Ms Gillard said at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore that Australian soldiers make an honourable contribution to the nation while serving overseas but their families also made significant sacrifices.

“This pin will be for these family members across navy, army and the air force who go for stretches without their loved ones, often under anxious circumstance knowing their loved one is deployed in dangerous conflict zone,” she said on Monday.

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Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said the Department of Defence would work with family organisations, including Defence Families Australia, on the pin’s design.

“While some community and ADF organisations have included individual badges or medals, no universal pin of recognition across the forces has previously existed,” he said.

The pin is expected to be released later in 2012.