Australian Defence Force Members Killed-In-Service

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Award a Killed-in-Service (KIS) CLASP on their campaign or service medal to complete their story of personal service and sacrifice.

All ADF personnel killed, injured or wounded in service or as a result of service, deserve recognition for their service and/or their death. 

Story telling is important to our nation. As Australians, we do this through our honours and awards system. We award medals to athletes to celebrate their sporting achievements and to those who have excelled in academia and community service. We award bravery medals to everyday citizens who risk their lives for others. We honour Defence families with a Next of Kin Remembrance pin. Yes, we also award medals, citations, clasps and commendations to Australian Defence Members for their dedication in their workplaces.  BUT of those Killed, Injured or Wounded in service or as a result of service, we do not officially personalise their sacrifice or conclude their record of service on their medals.  And it is those medals that tell the story of their service and sacrifices for the Nation. 

Acknowledging their Personal Sacrifice is the Right thing to do! 

The CLASP is the most versatile, cost effective and inclusive way of accurately reflecting the service and sacrifice of individuals. Over 102,000 members of the ADF have died during or as a result of warlike service, non-warlike service, training and peacetime operations. Many have also been killed, injured and wounded in service or as a result of service. Regardless of where they served or how long they served, their story of sacrifice must be recorded in our Nation's history, and on their medal set.

__________________CALL for ACTION ______________________________ 

Please write to the Minister to express your support and include a return address for a response.

The Hon. Darren Chester MP
Minister of Veteran Affairs
Email: darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au

OR

MAKE A SUBMISSION TO THE DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS APPEAL TRIBUNAL: Closes 31 March 21 https://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/inquiries/

Up until 31 March 2021 you will have an opportunity to make a submission to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal. Please write your own opinion or copy and paste this below and submit with your response;

Example:

"I would like the Australian Government to award a Killed-in-Service (KIS) CLASP on the campaign medal or on the most appropriate service medal of all Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have been Killed-In-Service.

Additionally, to officially award an appropriate Injured-In-Service (IIS) or Wounded-In-Service (WIS)* CLASP to be worn on the ADF member's campaign medal or on the most appropriate service medal, in recognition of their sacrifice, having been wounded or injured as a result of warlike service, non-warlike service, training and peacetime operations.

*(IIS or WIS are terms that can be used for both physical and mental conditions that have occurred in service or as a result of service)  


The CLASP is the most versatile, cost effective and inclusive way of accurately reflecting the service and sacrifice of individuals. Over 102,000 members of the ADF have died during or as a result of warlike service, non-warlike service, training and peacetime operations. Many have also been killed, injured and wounded in service or as a result of service. Regardless of where they served or how long they served, their story of sacrifice must be recorded in our Nation's history, and on their medal set.

(I would also like to see First Responders Killed-In-Service receive similar recognition). ”

*Be sure to sign your name, address, contact number, email address, date.
Submit to: defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au
E-mail address: DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au

MAKE A SUBMISSION TO THE DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS APPEAL TRIBUNAL: Closes 31 March 21 https://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/inquiries/

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About the Petitioner

The campaign to recognise those Killed-In-Service, injured and wounded was the initiative of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Rtd) Kerry Danes, CSM  to honour fallen comrades in the Australian Defence Force and First Responders who have been Killed-In-Service and injured in the line of duty. 

Why a CLASP and not a new medal? 
The CLASP is the most versatile, cost effective and inclusive way of accurately reflecting the service and sacrifice of individuals. The CLASP is the concept of Kerry Danes but the artwork was produced by Mr. Ben Cox-Doyle, CEO/Director of Platypus Outdoors Group Pty Ltd. His support is greatly appreciated. 

An ADF members' military service history is recorded in many ways; however their medals are the heart of their service and must tell the full story of an ADF member's service history. It would be remiss of us all if we did not appropriately and respectfully conclude their service history after they have given their life in service to our Nation. Any other symbolic gesture to recognise the supreme sacrifice of an ADF member that is not directly linked to their service medals is not appropriate and nor would it complete that service history.

Why the Wattle?
The wattle is our national floral emblem linked to the Australian Bravery Association, the Order of Australia awards system and the highest office of the land - our Governor General, so it holds an appropriately prestigious place in the life of our nation. 

Our Numbers
Original petition at Causes.com has over 31,543 signatures. 
https://www.causes.com/causes/204480-australian-national-campaign-recognising-defence-members-first-responders-killed-in-service

Combined we have close to 45,000 signatures supporting this campaign (as at 22/04/18).

Background:

1996: Kerry initiated conversations with Defence to recognise SASR members killed in service, following the death of his colleagues in a training accident (Blackhawk accident) in Townsville (June 1996).

2006: We advanced that conversation to the Government seeking to recognise ALL ADF members Killed-In-Action. The government did not like the term "Killed-In-Action" but they accepted our alternate proposal to promote a Killed-In-Service campaign. At the time, we had also argued for those injured and wounded in service, to be considered for recognition, including those injured and wounded physically and mentally. This became unnecessarily problematic, despite the fact that DVA already accept injured and wounded (physical and mental) as service related conditions. So it would have been logical then to extend recognition to those already in receipt of DVA status for accepted conditions, and still is.

The campaign attracted close to 50,000 signatures across two platforms.

2009: When the political narrative started focusing on the 'families' of those killed in service, Kerry and I proposed a Next of Kin Remembrance Pin and official recognition for the families and loved ones. We collaborated with our Federal Government member, Andrew Laming (LNP), and after a successful campaign, this Next of Kin Remembrance Pin and official recognition of sacrifice of families was introduced. We saw bipartisan support from both sides of Government emerge. Andrew Laming MP (LNP) and Luke Gosling MP (ALP) stood firmly in support of the Killed-In-Service campaign.

2018: Minister Darren Chester (LNP) created a Defence Council of Women and Defence Families to ensure the needs of women and families united by defence service are understood and visible, and their voices are heard. Minister Chester tasked the Council to consider our submission and give feedback to him. Whilst we were never consulted during this process, we were led to believe they supported the concepts proposed.

2020: We have come full circle and now have an opportunity to recognise the sacrifices of ALL who have served, even if for just one day. But it’s important that people make it clear in their responses to the tribunal that the narrative be inclusive to recognise:

All ADF personnel Killed-In-Service and that the Australian Government award a Killed-in-Service (KIS) clasp on the campaign medal or on the most appropriate service medal of that member who has paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Additionally, to officially award an appropriate clasp to be worn on the member's campaign medal or on the most appropriate service medal, in recognition of their sacrifice, having been wounded or injured as a result of warlike service, non-warlike service, training and peacetime operations. (Conditions already accepted by DVA)

*(IIS or WIS are terms that can be used for both physical and mental conditions that have occurred in service or as a result of service)  

Regardless of where an ADF member served or how long they served, they all deserve official recognition for their service and sacrifices for our Nation.
Lest We Forget. Read more:  www.defencelivesmatter.com/killed-in-service