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Well-known singer-songwriter John Schumann is among a number of South Australians to be recognised for their contribution to the veteran community in the Australia Day Honours List.

Schumann, best known for involvement in the legendary folk-rock band Redgum and his Vietnam veterans’ anthem, “I Was Only 19”, received an AM for his work spotlighting mental health issues among defence and police veterans.

Since the release of that 1983 protest hit which raised awareness of veterans’ experiences and their post-war struggles, the artist has been a staunch advocate of veterans’ rights, whilst also supporting a number of police and defence mental health initiatives.

Four other South Australians also received an OAM in recognition of their service to veterans and their families:

  • William Chappell
  • Kenneth John Gillman
  • The late David Stacey
  • Margaret Winterfield

Veterans SA congratulates these five South Australians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting veterans and raising awareness of veteran suicide and PTSD.