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    HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge

    Applied for one of these last week, had it delivered yesterday. Not bad for a freebie.

    For generations our Armed Forces have served their country across the world in many roles from war fighting, peacekeeping and reconstruction to home defence. In so doing, they have defended our country, our way of life and our cherished values. A large number of our veterans are young and active and now use the skills, the discipline and the leadership they learned in the Armed Forces to benefit their civilian employers and the wider community. The Ministry of Defence Strategy for Veterans highlights that because of all this it is important to focus on supporting veterans of all ages by celebrating, and raising public awareness of, their achievements and their contribution to society. To promote recognition of veterans by the wider British public the unique and unifying symbol of the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge is available to all those who have served in HM Armed Forces.

    The HM Armed Forces Veterans’ Lapel Badge was launched in May 2004 by the 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 Healy, 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

    Exceptions
    Veterans who served in Armed Forces of other Countries and those who served alongside HM Armed Forces are not eligible (e.g. Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force).

    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.

    15 Comments

    Original Poster

    Banned

    Well done.

    How's life treating you?

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    DLM

    Well done.How's life treating you?


    Good, miss my old job with BT but earning more money (sometimes longer hours) contracting for them. You?

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    Paddy_o_furniture

    Good, miss my old job with BT but earning more money (sometimes longer … Good, miss my old job with BT but earning more money (sometimes longer hours) contracting for them. You?



    I am great.

    Going to Lincoln for 5 days at the end of august

    Original Poster

    I worked down that bit for a Bit, conningsby. Nice place

    Im guessing this offer is over?

    Original Poster

    No you can still get one if you are a "veteran" just posted in misc as not really a deal

    Also got the Vet badge a few years back - i'm in the RSA too ( Royal Signals Association )

    Original Poster

    I knew nothing about until the boys at RMR tyne mentioned them

    Had mine for a few years now - the local RAFA club arranged a presentation evening for it (we don't have any Army Associations round here, so the RAFA is used for everything).

    Never heard of this...probably as i have lost contact with the vast majority of my old team....

    Thanks,appreciated

    am ex Navy, so dont know what you mean by post in misc, sorry

    ok found it! thanks!

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    boothy

    Never heard of this...probably as i have lost contact with the vast … Never heard of this...probably as i have lost contact with the vast majority of my old team....Thanks,appreciated


    No probs boothy.

    Original Poster

    Bump.
    Just a reminder to those who have served in this magnificent countries armed forces that you can get one of these for free. Wear it with pride on 11/11 + 13/11 (and all year long).

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