A special announcement was made at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Byford on Tuesday.
The Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL president Rick Giblett was awarded the ANZAC of the Year following a unanimous agreement by the SJ RSL to nominate him last year.
Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL secretary Shana McKay said there were very few men who compared to Mr Giblett on the depth of support and level of knowledge he has provided for the veteran community.
“He has tirelessly and selflessly volunteered thousands and thousands of hours at great personal expense to represent and assist service men and women in Western Australia,” she said.
“Rick’s experience with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims and advocacy process started in 1996, processing claims under four different compensation acts and schemes.
“His extensive knowledge of these references and ongoing dedication has enabled him to help hundreds of veterans obtain their correct entitlements and support.”
Ms McKay said Mr Giblett had been a volunteer welfare advocate for service personnel and their families for more than 20 years.
She also said he has been awarded the National Medal for long service to the nation, the Centenary Medal for service to the veteran community and on Australia Day he received the medal of the Order of Australia for his services to veterans and their families.
Mr Giblett is a Vietnam veteran having served with the SAS.
He said he was humbled and honoured to be named ANZAC of the Year.