Applications are currently being accepted from former servicemen aged 70 and over.
Those aged between 69 and 60 will be able to apply around July/August. 59-50 around August/October . Us comparative youngsters under 50 will be some time towards Christmas.
If you are know anyone who has severed in the New Zealand Armed forces since WWII for three years or more, or in K-Force and J-Force for a year or more then tell them have a medal coming. In fact we have thousands of servicemen who have not recieved any of the up to four medals they are entitled to. The New Zealand government does not issue medals, it requires the recipients to actually find out for themseleves they are entitled to them and then ask for them.
The shabbiness of this arrangement I’ll keep for another time, meanwhile please ensure that anyone who is entitled to this medal – around 160,000 of us – gets it. In many caes the recipients are deceased and their relatives may well be unaware of the entitlement. If you are unsure then contact the medals office. They are very helpful and usually efficient. Keep in mind they have had to take on extra staff for this release and will be snowed under for the next year sorting this lot out.
You can apply online and you may need to get some additional documentation, again ask the medals office. If you need some help then ask me, I’ve dealt with a certain ammo9utn of this sort of paper work previously.
If you’re entitled, apply for it and wear it at ANZAC Day next year. If you are the heair to someone who is deceased then apply for it and wear in on the right hand side of your chest next ANZAC Day. This country has a long and proud military history and this should be reflected to the population at large for at least one morning each year and the so called comedians who think slanging us off is clever and the just plain pig ignorant media just take the morning off.
“Many thousands of New Zealanders have met the demanding requirements of military service. They have served their country and community loyally and well, including responding to disasters such as the Christchurch earthquakes, but not on operations.
“Up to now there has been no recognition of this service, on which the Government places high value. This medal remedies that. It delivers on the National Party’s campaign commitment to recognise those people.
“It also honours those Reserve personnel whose service comes on top of full-time commitments in civilian life.”