Australian Defence Association rejects U.S.-style recognition for veterans by airlines

Australian Defence Association rejects U.S.-style recognition for veterans by airlines

Well, it turns out Virgin Australia's plan to honour veterans with priority boarding and special announcements is not going down well with anyone, veterans included.

Qantas said in a statement on its website it would not be offering veterans priority boarding.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo voiced their support for the idea, calling on Qantas, Australia's flag carrier airline, to follow suit.

Following this, Virgin Australia issued a series of tweets that said it would review its policy decision with respect to the opinions of veterans on its own staff as well a "community groups".

Twenty-five year military veteran Rodger Shanahan, now a research fellow at the respected Lowy Institute think tank, said the ploy would be studied as an example of how not to handle public relations. The notion of a veteran singling himself or herself out for special treatment, some critics said, was distinctly un-Australian.

"We're conscious that we carry a lot of exceptional people every day, including veterans, police, paramedics, nurses, firefighters and others", the airline said.

While military service is respected, and major anniversaries of the Battle of the Coral Sea and World War I have heightened awareness of past sacrifice, Australians are broadly low-key in their praise.

However, Veterans' Affairs Minister Darren Chester acknowledged some veterans would be uneasy about the extra attention.

"Rather than sanctifying military service, the media and politicians should devote more of their energies to recognising those who work on behalf of the greater good in often traumatic, and always hard circumstances at home", Shanahan wrote recently.

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"We're investing a lot more money into, in particular, veterans counselling services to help them with the psychological adjustment".

"A commonsense idea would have been providing assistance like restoring the service discount that used to apply on domestic airlines up to the early 1980s", he said.

Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson and Australia Defence Association executive director Neil James were both quick to comment on the move.

Qantas decided against following Virgin's lead.

"It's about how we can recognise our younger veterans better in the war memorial", he told the ABC on Sunday.

"We're conscious that we carry a lot of exceptional people every day, including veterans, police, paramedics, nurses, firefighters and others, and so we find it hard to single out a particular group as part of the boarding process".

But not everyone is thrilled with Virgin Australia's announcement.

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