RSL acting president Ray James earns OAM

Honoured: NSW RSL acting president Ray James said he was 'chuffed' to receive an Order of Australia Medal.
Honoured: NSW RSL acting president Ray James said he was 'chuffed' to receive an Order of Australia Medal.

The James family has been heavily involved in the Australian military for generations.

And this year, both Pauline and Ray James were awarded Order of Australia medals for their hard work supporting veterans and their families.

Mrs James received her OAM in the Australia Day Honours, while Mr James received his in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June.

The Raby couple are both associated with veterans' groups, and have children (and children-in-law), and grandchildren in the military.

Mr James is currently the acting president of RSL NSW and works tirelessly to ensure Aussie veterans and their families are receiving all the help, support and entitlements they require.

He said he was honoured to receive his OAM.

"I suppose everyone says the same thing, but it really an honour, that people put you up for this, especially just after Pauline got her OAM on Australia Day," the 71-year-old said.

"I'm really chuffed."

Mr James said he loved working within the Macarthur community and was proud of how much locals engaged with veterans and ceremonies like Anzac Day.

He said there was still a lot of work the RSL needed to do in NSW and he was especially focussed on reducing homelessness among veterans.

He also believes more could be done to bring Australia's various ex-service organisations under one umbrella.

"We're all working towards the same outcomes and goals, so it makes sense that we would come together under one umbrella," Mr James said.

"It's a bit silly that we're all separate, so that's something I'd like to see."

Mr James said the RSL was full of hard-working people and it was his privilege to play his part in furthering the cause alongside them.

Mr James has been a member of the RSL since October 1975, and has been and spent 46 years working with the Navy.

He was involved in RSL Sub-Branches in Marrickville, Campbelltown and Ingleburn, where he served as president until mid-last year.