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Honouring Australia’s Fallen Defence Force Members: Killed-In-Action

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An Australian Defence Force member Killed-In-Action should be honoured for their 'ultimate sacrifice' to the Nation with an identifying clasp 'KIA' on their medal set to appropriately reflect that ‘ultimate sacrifice’.
This is completely separate to a 'Remembrance Pin' presented to their family, as a "keepsake" to be handed down through generations as a family’s connection with the Australian Defence Force.

An Australian Defence Force member "Killed-In-Action" pays the 'ultimate sacrifice'....Their story is important to nation-building ─ Lest We Forget.


The Plan

This campaign has secured pledges to support the cost of 102,804 clasps for all Australian soldiers Killed In Action.

All that is needed now is for the Australian Government to officially approve the wearing of a 'Wattle Sprig Clasp' with 'Killed in Action' (KIA) inscribed, on the medal most relevant to the member's service at the time of death. (Australian Active Service Medal (AASM), Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) or relevant Campaign Medal).

We ask you to write to the Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne

Honouring Australia’s Fallen Defence Force Members: Killed-In-Action

An Australian Defence Force member Killed-In-Action should be honoured for their 'ultimate sacrifice' to the Nation. An identifying clasp 'KIA' on their medal set would appropriately reflect their ‘ultimate sacrifice’. Each medal tells where that Defence member served, how many times they served there, and if they served with distinction. But nowhere does an Australian Defence Force member's current medal set reflect if that individual was Killed-In-Action and where. Therefore, the story of their service is incomplete.

We call on the Australian Minister of Defence to officially recognise the 'ultimate sacrifice' of Australian Defence Force members who have been Killed-In-Action, those who have paid the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ in service to the nation.

We call on the Australian Government to officially approve the wearing of a Killed-In-Action clasp on the Campaign Medal relevant to the member's service at the time of death, or the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) or Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM).

In addition, similar recognition should be extended to include
Australian Defence Force and Emergency Services Officers (Police, Fire and Ambulance) to honour their sacrifice with a Killed-In-Service (KIS) clasp awarded to those killed during the performance of their duties.


(Be sure to include your name and address)

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The original submission paper on this issue was initiated by Warrant Officer Class 1 Kerry Danes who gave a personal undertaking to ensure Australian soldiers are appropriately honoured. A number of other war-like and non war-like conditions relating to mental health, injury and death were also submitted, which are still worthy of further consideration.

25 April 2015 — Commemorating 100 Years of ANZAC