Veteran's Pin and Certificate of Appreciation

Veteran's Pin and Certificate of Appreciation

The Veteran's Pin and Certificate of Appreciation recognise operational service.

Who can get this

You can get a Veteran's Pin and Certificate of Appreciation if you:

  • were issued with the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) because of service with either the:
    • NZ Armed Forces, or
    • New Zealand Police
  • have Qualifying Operational Service, or
  • served with the New Zealand Women's Land Service during the Second World War.

What evidence is required?

We will confirm your service on your behalf. You do not need to supply any evidence of your service. 

If we are unable to confirm your service, we may ask for further information.

What you can get

The Veteran's Pin and Certificate of Appreciation express the thanks of the NZ Government and people of NZ for the service you have given.

Both the Prime Minister and Minister for Veterans sign the certificate of appreciation.

To get support from us you'll need to have Qualifying Service. Receiving the pin and certificate does not necessarily mean you have Qualifying Service.

Qualifying Service explained

How to apply

You can apply online or by filling out a paper form. You can choose how to apply, but it's quicker and easier to apply online

Apply online

Apply online

Apply with a paper form

  1. Download the application form
  2. Complete the form and send it to us.

Certificate of Appreciation and Veteran's Pin application form

Find out more

Contact us for more information