Dear Sir / Ma’am,
I thank you for your Summer Edition of Vetaffairs, and I note with interest the Veterans’ Covenant.
As a former member of the [Australian Defence Force] and a TPI, I received a copy of the Veterans’ Covenant and accompanying Lapel Badge and I wear both proudly along with my TPI, RAS and RSL badges.
I am at a loss that today’s generation and the general public are totally unaware of the significance of any of these lapel badges or what they represent. I grew up in a generation that were educated about these badges in primary school and their individual significance. In that the wearer is a ‘Totally and Permanently Incapacitated’ Returned Service Person.
I feel the general public and school children need to be re-educated! So that our service is recognisable, not just by veterans!
Joseph C Mercieca JP
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