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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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19 June 2017

Seeking nominations from veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged veterans to nominate to receive support to attend the commemorations of the Battles of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads to be held in Canberra later this year.

Mr Tehan said the Government would arrange return travel and accommodation for eligible veterans and an accompanying carer from their home location to attend the commemorations at the Australian War Memorial.

Nominations are open to Australian veterans who served in Milne Bay between 25 August and 7 September 1942 to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration in Canberra on Friday 25 August 2017.

Nominations are also open to Australian veterans who served on the Kokoda Track and in the battles for the beachheads at Buna, Gona and Sanananda between 22 July and January 1943 to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration in Canberra on 2 November 2017.

Veterans who served in both theatres of war are welcome to apply to attend both commemorations. Nominations will close on 23 June.

Details about the commemorations in Canberra and the nomination process are available on the DVA Website. Alternatively, contact DVA on 02 6289 6057 during business hours.

“We will honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who served at the Battles of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads,” Mr Tehan said.

“The veterans of these engagements are central to these commemorations so I encourage eligible veterans to nominate for support to attend these services.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale: 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.