Thursday, May 25, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Once being discharged from the Australian Army in 1968, Kevin Plumb, affectionately known as ‘Kev’, became a member of RSL Queensland.
Now, Kev has committed lifelong service to RSL Queensland, being an active member since 1971, with the Sarina RSL Sub Branch.
He then moved to Vice President of the Mackay RSL Sub Branch, then promoted to President.
“I had a few issues from Vietnam, and my roles within the RSL gave me something to put my mind to,” he said.
Kev is dedicated to veteran care and welfare, often putting himself out there to correct issues that are brought to his attention.
“When I served, we had to pay for all our parcels and letters to come back to Australia, and the same applied for all incoming mail from family,” he said.
“I went to my State Member, then he went to his Federal Counterpart, and they made sure that they did away with any overseas postal costs for overseas service personnel and their families.
“That is something that continues to this day.”
This dedication to veteran advocacy also sees Kev volunteer as a Pension and Welfare Officer, helping returned veteran and servicemen and women understand entitlements, submit claims, and share their journeys.
In February 2023, Kev was recognised with the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest honour of RSL Australia, for his commitment to the veteran community.
“I can tell you truthfully, this was a total shock,” he said.
“It was a very emotional night, and I was pleasantly surprised.
“I just felt warm within my heart to think my effort had been acknowledged.”
Kevin Plumb, receiving the highest honour of RSL Australia for commitment to veteran affairs. Photo supplied