HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge Free to All those who have served in HM Armed Forces, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves
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HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge Free to All those who have served in HM Armed Forces, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves

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Found 5th Oct 2013
A freebie for all all those who have served in HM Armed Forces, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves!

The HM Armed Forces Veterans’ Lapel Badge was launched in May 2004 by the then Minister for Veterans, to raise the profile of veterans by assisting the wider public to recognise them. The first veterans badge was issued to Lord Healey, a veteran of the Battle for Monte Cassino, on 10 May 2004, which initiated the roll out of the badge to the generation who served in the Second World War. Since then eligibility to apply for the badge has been extended in sequential phases and now all veterans are eligible to apply.

The badge is an enamelled, engraved, and pinned, lapel badge featuring the words “HM Armed Forces – Veteran”, which encompass the Tri-Service, Anchor, Crossed Swords and Eagle motif. Its symbolism is intended to unite all veterans in recognising the commonality of their service, to encourage a sense of unity and community between surviving veterans and to ignite public recognition of our veterans and their continuing contribution to society.

Eligibility

Criteria
All those who have served in HM Armed Forces, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves
Posthumous requests
The badge is a survivors badge and therefore is not issued posthumously.
The only exception is for War Widows and Widowers who are in receipt of a War Widows/Widowers Pension paid by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. This also includes those who have received an award of Survivors Guaranteed Income Payment (SGIP) under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This is in recognition of the fact that their death was due to their military service.

How to apply
You can apply by any of the following methods:
Click on one of the links below to access the application form.

Application Forms

Acrobat Reader Version
Microsoft Word Version
Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Please ensure you complete the form including your service details as fully as possible.

You may post or fax your completed form to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.

Another option is to download the form, complete it electronically, save the form and return to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency by email.

If you wish, you may call the Freephone number to apply. Please ensure you have to hand all the details asked for on the application form.

Postal address:

The MOD Medal Office
Innsworth House
Imjin Barracks
Gloucester
GL3 1HW
Fax: 01452 510871 (UK only)
+44 1452 510871 (Overseas)

Email:SPVA-veteransbadges@mod.uk.

Freephone Helpline
Free: 0800 169 2277 (UK only)
Free: 0800 169 3458 (Minicom UK only)
+44 1253 866043 (Overseas)

33 Comments

Well deserved for those that served us! Heat!

got mine the other day. thanks

abso!

Remember there is also the defence card that you can get aswell

Still waiting for mine. I know any government thing takes ages, but it's been almost 6 months! time to give them a call I think, thanks for the reminder

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Only found out about this today, so have just applied for mine. Looks like I'll be waiting a few months then!

I'll tell my dad about this!

Just applied, thanks OP.

tommo440. defense card?

I understand they are working on a defence medal for vetrans. its similar to the one Canadian and Australian servicemen get.

Burkos

tommo440. defense card?

dicount card that's available to veterans and thanks to cheesehead for posting the link
Edited by: "tommo440" 6th Oct 2013

Thanks op

Cheers op and cheeseHead....ordered mine and applied for discount card.
Edited by: "KINGYFUN" 6th Oct 2013

Always remember quite clearly the perks and discounts given across North America during my military days. I always found it baffling why you had to apply for a forces rail card in the UK when you already had a government issued ID card too. That was about the only discount available and most of us could not be bothered with the additional paperwork at the time.

Wow, a badge. Still, they are going for £22 on fleabay fleabay link

ordered mine last year - received it about 2 weeks later. Thanks though OP and cheers Cheesehead for your link. Anybody know if the discount card is worth getting? or is it a bit like an average company discount card where you can save even more by just coming onto HUKD!




The Defence Discount Service was announced by the Defence Secretary on October 7th along with the Defence Privilege Card. The Defence Privilege Card will allow members of the Armed Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues by showing their Defence Privilege Card. This in turn will allow the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans to get recognition within their communities.

The Defence Privilege Card will be a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Defence Community. The Defence Privilege Card is seen as an important aspect in developing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in local communities across the UK.

The Defence Discount Service is asking businesses across the UK, nationally and locally, to accept the Defence Privilege Card as a discount card and reward the Defence Community with discounts within their stores. Companies can sign up for free and start accepting the Defence Privilege Card straight away. The Defence Discount Service company area allows businesses to get promotional material that lets the Armed Forces Community know that they accept the Defence Privilege Card

The Defence Privilege Card has now been launched by the Prime Minister David Cameron. Members can now sign up to the service and request a Defence Privilege Card, which costs £4.99 for 5 years.

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Got mine today, not bad for the MOD, only took 4 weeks

Applied for this for my 90 year old Mum who was a NAAFI manageress, she received it last week and is thrilled to bits, would like to thank you for posting this

Applied for my Mum and when it arrived she was so proud that the Government had remembered her service in the RAF 65 years ago even though she is now in a nursing home in Australia. I think receiving it was one of her proudest moments

My dad was in the home guard does he qualify? Got his Defence Medal a few years ago which we didn't know he qualified for.

My badge was stolen a week ago is there any way of obtaining a replacement and how do I go about doing so.

Is it true they are looking at a defence force medal for veterans??
Similar to the Australian one

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Kikimay

Applied for this for my 90 year old Mum who was a NAAFI manageress, she … Applied for this for my 90 year old Mum who was a NAAFI manageress, she received it last week and is thrilled to bits, would like to thank you for posting this



armysailor

Applied for my Mum and when it arrived she was so proud that the … Applied for my Mum and when it arrived she was so proud that the Government had remembered her service in the RAF 65 years ago even though she is now in a nursing home in Australia. I think receiving it was one of her proudest moments



When I posted this, I never even thought about applying for relatives. Nice one! (_;)

I was in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary for over 12 years, and served with the RN all over the world in a few conflicts, Am I eligible for a badge ?

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sgp4411

I was in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary for over 12 years, and served with the … I was in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary for over 12 years, and served with the RN all over the world in a few conflicts, Am I eligible for a badge ?


There is no harm in asking, what you dont ask for.....

The forces discount card I've just got one a few weeks ago almost nobody in or around Doncaster except it what's the point.

A good article. But, "freebie"? You couldn't 'genuinely' buy this badge, as its earnt by SERVICES RENDERED to Crown and Country. I wear my badge every day.

Severed in the 70's only found out about it today by accident, not widely advertised.

Can still serving members apply for one if these?

I think so. Some of my serving mates had them on last remembrance Sunday.
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