While Virgin Australia’s suggestion that military veterans gain priority boarding for flight was seen as a nice gesture, three local vets said it is “unnecessary”.
Bob Brown, Brian Melville and Col Liddicoat, who took part in a special South Coast Register photo shoot earlier in the week to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to mark Remembrance Day this Sunday said they wouldn't take up the offer.
“Personally I wouldn’t want it,” said Mr Brown, a veteran of the Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Malaysian Confrontation - Borneo.
“I don’t see a need for it - I notice Qantas knocked such suggestions on the head.
“It’s a nice gesture by not necessary.”
Mr Melville, an Indonesian Malaysian Confrontation - Borneo and Vietnam Veteran, said a lot of veterans would be “embarrassed” by the move.
“There are a lot of other people who do amazing things every day - firefighters, police, nurses - who should also be honoured. Where would it stop?
“A nice offer but no thanks.”
Col Liddicoat who served in the Indonesian Malaysian Confrontation - Malay Peninsula said there was other ways veterans could be honoured or helped.
“I don’t see the need, I think most would be embarrassed,” he said.
“A lot of vets suffer from post traumatic stress - they just like to be anonymous - would this kind of attention just heighten those feelings?
“Veterans do deserve everything they get. A lot, like the Vietnam guys were treated terribly when they came home.
“Look at the guys on the Melbourne after its collision with Voyager and, of course, the poor guys on the Voyager itself - many of those had to actually prove they had PTSD.
“I would prefer to see them doing something to actually help vets.”
Virgin had also suggested veterans’ presence being publicly acknowledged during in-flight announcements, in a move similar to what is seen in the United States.
The company has said it will now seek public consultation before going ahead with plans.