Robert Harrison and Paul Penno.

FORMER servicemen Paul Penno and Robert Harrison have joined an elite group of Bendigo District RSL members.

They have received The Returned and Services League of Australia, Victorian Branch, Life Membership.

The honour was presented at the Committee and Life Members Dinner held at the Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch last month.

The membership is a prestigious award for service to the RSL and veteran community.

“It’s an absolute privilege,” Mr Penno said.

“When I see who has been awarded this before it makes it a very special award.

Mr Penno is a Vietnam war veteran and has been involved with the RSL sub-committee for more than 20 years.