Six British armed forces and Merchant Navy veterans who served in locations including Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Aden have been honoured.
Maj Maurice Barlow was in the Royal Logistics Corps from 1960 to 1997
They were presented with Armed Forces Veteran's Badges and UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran's Badges by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram.
It was the first time they have been given to those who served in the 1960s.
Previously, they were given to veterans who served up to the end of 1959. That has been extended to the end of 1969.
The Armed Forces Veteran's Badge was launched in 2004 to recognise all World War I and World War II veterans.
Since then, eligibility has been increased to include those who served in the armed forces or the Merchant Navy in armed conflicts up to 31 December 1969.
Mr Ingram, speaking at the presentation at the Ministry of Defence, in Whitehall, said the recipients should have been honoured "many, many years ago".
"This is a debt of honour which helps to recognise the huge contribution veterans have made," he said.
More than 320,000 of the badges had now been issued, he said.
He added that eligibility for the awards would be further increased so that Falklands' veterans would be able to receive them in 2007 - the 25th anniversary of the conflict.
Maj Maurice Barlow, 64, who was in the Royal Logistics Corps from 1960 to 1997, served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Canada.
Maj Barlow, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said of his award: "Everybody who served should at least receive some recognition."
"If you have completed the time you should get the badge."
Other veterans who picked up badges at the ceremony were:
- Joan Ryall, 63, from Gateshead, who served in the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) from 1961 to 1963.
- Peter Fox, 63, from Ramsgate, Kent, who served as a cook in the Royal Navy on ships and submarines between 1962 and 1985.
- George Price, 62, from Welwyn Garden City, Herts, who served in the Merchant Navy from 1960 to 1963.
- Tim Brant, 65, from Caistor in Lincolnshire, who served in the Merchant Navy supplying oil to the armed forces across the world from 1957 to 1966.
- Barrie Russell, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, who served in the Royal Engineers, as well as the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, between 1960 and 1966.