National Campaign recognising Defence Members & First Responders Killed-In-Service

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A national campaign for the recognition of Australian Defence Force Members and First Responders Killed-In-Service. The award of a Killed-in-Service (KIS) clasp on their campaign or service medal as appropriate, to complete their story of their individual service and sacrifice.

KIS 4 KIS = Keep it Significant 4 Killed-In-Service

Story telling is important to our nation and 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 contributed services to our nation in academia, community service State of Origin footballers people who have undertaken charitable service. We give bravery and gallantry medals to those who have faced death and lived, we hail them heroes. We give medals to philanthropic people who have excelled in administration, ground-breaking research or raised money for Community programs. We award Defence families a remembrance pin, and rightly so, to honour their support given to their loved ones who have died in service. We also award medals, citations, clasps and commendations to Australian Defence Force and First Responders and these are supposed to tell the story of their service, where they served, if they served on operations or at home or were recognised for specific service and how long they served. But for those who serve our nation and our people, both overseas and at home, in response to emergencies, conflict and disaster and who are Killed-In-Service, we do not officially personalise their sacrifice which is what this campaign proposes.

__________________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

Andrew Laming MP
Australian Government (LNP)

Luke Gosling MP
Australian Labor Party


This campaign was the initiative of Warrant Officer Class 1 Kerry Danes, to honour fallen comrades in the Australian Defence Force and First Responders who have been Killed-In-Service. 

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 has over 31,543 signatures.

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

We have also included a proposal to the Australian government for medallic recognition for those Injured or Wounded in Service, including recognition for those suffering mental illness due to service.

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