Veterans agency Badge

#3
I think, Field discipline, that the criteria posted on the VAs site is correct as they are the ones who issue it!!!

Hum, methinks, that perhaps looking at the site and the issuer would present you with an observant clue.......
 
#5
Service after World War II

Men and Women who enlisted in HM Armed Forces between 3 September 1945 and 31 December 1969 are entitled to a Veterans Badge. There is no qualifying length of Service.

All they ask for is NI Number, Regimental No. Name & Address. Regt/Corps and Years of Service. As DP says just extended to 31st December 1969 - Thats your Start Date, Not date of leaving - SIMPLE
 
#6
Hang about...I was sent one of these when I was dicharged from the army in July after 22 years. I didn't join until 82 and I've just asked a mate who left at the same time and he got one too. Perhaps they are changing the rules.
 
#7
coax-on said:
Hang about...I was sent one of these when I was dicharged from the army in July after 22 years. I didn't join until 82 and I've just asked a mate who left at the same time and he got one too. Perhaps they are changing the rules.
No, Anyone discharged since December 2005 also now get one as part of the leaving pack. Intention is everyone who wants one should now be able to apply by end of 2008 or earler.
 
#8
Mike_2817 said:
No, Anyone discharged since December 2005 also now get one as part of the leaving pack. Intention is everyone who wants one should now be able to apply by end of 2008 or earler.
I was discharged in March 2005 after 22 years and I got one.
 
#10
Bloody typical! Anyone who joined after 1969 but left before 2005 doesn't get one of these fabulous items! I want one!! Now!!!


(It would make a good little skippy-stone at the beach...)
 
#11
Got mine when mobilised in 2004 for Telic
but i originally signed up in 1983, bit surprised when it turned up to be honest, I thought the admin bods had fecked up again or Glasgow
 
#12
I have just applied for mine by emailing the form on their website, should be interesting to see how long it takes to come.
 
#13
me n bee said:
I think, Field discipline, that the criteria posted on the VAs site is correct as they are the ones who issue it!!!

Hum, methinks, that perhaps looking at the site and the issuer would present you with an observant clue.......
Not so clever now are you?
 
#15
mad_mac said:
Mike_2817 said:
No, Anyone discharged since December 2005 also now get one as part of the leaving pack. Intention is everyone who wants one should now be able to apply by end of 2008 or earler.
I was discharged in March 2005 after 22 years and I got one.
Sorry - December 2004 (May still be wrong, but around then anyway)
 
#16
I know an old man who lives in sheltered housing. Frail and insignificant to look at, he was somewhat overlooked by other residents.

Over a period of months, and knowing the right things to say, I gleaned some bits and pieces about his background.

He joined the Yeomanry in 1936, and after being mobilised in 1939 had a very interesting war, a lot of it spent in India and Burma.

It got more and more interesting, particularly as he has a sharp wit, and frail as he is he looks after himself in his tiny flat. A real old soldier.

He moved to this part of the country a little over a year ago to be with his son, who promptly died of cancer, and it was sheltered housing for him.

The old man has had a terrible year, but remains outwardly cheerful. 'Outwardly' being the operative word.

By devious means I got the information I wanted, e.g. "Your old number must be a lot shorter than mine" He promptly rattled it off as we compared numbers. His number was six digits, mine was eight.

I thought of writing to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry about him, but reckon they are pretty busy right now.

A telephone call to the Veterans Agency, who were fantastic in how helpful they were, and three weeks later a Veterans Badge arrived for the old man.

I did some research of his old unit on the web, and was able to spin a good yarn at the small gathering of residents when, much to his surprise, I presented him with his Veteran's Badge.

They had never heard it from him, and his fellow residents were amazed that this frail old man had 'been there, done that'.He is now treated with the respect he deserves.

I downloaded and printed various bits and pieces to hand to him, including an A4 size picture of his old regimental badge, which he has cut out and stuck in a window of his flat for all to see. He is so proud of his old regiment it is a delight to see.

That Veteran's Badge has made one old man very happy. I am glad about that.

As I said at the presentation. "Only the man who wears a medal or a badge knows how he earned it, and if he really deserves it, but there is no doubt about this man, he is a real Veteran"

Let the undeserving buy their badges on eBay, we recognise them for what they are, and they are only fooling themselves. I salute the real veterans, those who have 'been there, done that' be it wars past or present.
 

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#18
Got mine on Friday - and the best bit is that the cost is covered by the taxpayers, which means that most of it is paid by civvies (note I said most)
 

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