Veterens badge ?

#2
There are lot of us who wear them. There were a few on parade in Ashtead over the last few weeks.
 
#4
polar69 said:
An ex oppo of mine sent me this

http://www.veterans-uk.info/vets_badge/vets_badge.htm


I don't whether to laugh or cry because according to this I am a veteren

Do you think its for cold war warriors like me who never left the UK ? :p
Face it mate, you're an old git. Apply for it anyway, cos it's free and it's yours, and some day in the future it may be good for a couple of beers.
These are the sort of things Walts have wet dreams over, nothing specific on it, still a bit new, and already on Ebay.
You're only as old as you feel anyway.
I feel fcuking ninety
 
#5
How long do they take to arrive ? I sent off for mine over six months ago and have heard nowt !
 
#6
mussolini93 said:
How long do they take to arrive ? I sent off for mine over six months ago and have heard nowt !
About 6 to 8 weeks is the norm. I got mine, and then a second came with my tickets for the Falklands 25 bash.
Re-apply

edited to add re-apply
 
#8
mussolini93 said:
How long do they take to arrive ? I sent off for mine over six months ago and have heard nowt !
I applied for one for myself and put through the applications for three other blokes. All badges were received within two weeks.

I do not wear mine as through nothing to do with service I am now disabled, with a heavy limp, and am partially sighted. Wearing a Veterans Badge would give people the wrong idea.

It's still nice to have the badge though.
 
#9
Last night whilst out in edinburgh on the lash, I discovered that not only does the badge get you a seat on a crowded bus, it also is a pulling magnet! Started chatting to two thirty something birds, who turned out to be air hostesses (Hello Alison, Hello Collette). Next thing I know I am being offered coffee and all sorts back at their gaff...

God bless you Mr blair, no longer can we say you have never done anything for the services! Apparently the girls thought it was a good sign of a nice reliable chap...my ribs are still aching from that one!
 
#10
I was in the US last week and found that I was given an upgrade at my hotel due to the fact my veterans badge was noticed on my suit lapel.

I wear mine with pride, did the time and am proud to have served.


fastmedic
 
#11
fastmedic said:
I was in the US last week and found that I was given an upgrade at my hotel due to the fact my veterans badge was noticed on my suit lapel.

I wear mine with pride, did the time and am proud to have served.


fastmedic


Me as well,I wore mine when I went to the Memorial Arboretum
 
#12
mussolini93 said:
How long do they take to arrive ? I sent off for mine over six months ago and have heard nowt !
I got my badge within 2 weeks of finishing 22 yrs, I explained to a work mate of mine who was ex Cheshires that he should apply for his and he got it 2 weeks ago, within 8 days of applying, he applied on-line so I would apply again, maybe you will get 2!!
 
#13
I noticed a while ago that someone was selling what looked like cheap copies of the Veterans Badge on ebay. Tw*ts want lynching! :x
 
#14
Cuddles said:
Last night whilst out in edinburgh on the lash, I discovered that not only does the badge get you a seat on a crowded bus, it also is a pulling magnet! Started chatting to two thirty something birds, who turned out to be air hostesses (Hello Alison, Hello Collette). Next thing I know I am being offered coffee and all sorts back at their gaff...

God bless you Mr blair, no longer can we say you have never done anything for the services! Apparently the girls thought it was a good sign of a nice reliable chap...my ribs are still aching from that one!
And why the fcuk are we not getting the sweaty slappy sloppy knob wiping details?
 
#15
Vet Badge on Ebay

Looks like the seller is using his service number as his seller i.d

Do you think it devalues the whole idea behind it?
 
#16
LeverBreachMechanism said:
Vet Badge on Ebay

Looks like the seller is using his service number as his seller i.d

Do you think it devalues the whole idea behind it?
Not at all, Its his, let him do what he wants with it. Mines on my fishing hat, I really have no intention of wearing it "with suitable attire".
Might make a good lure!
:D
 
#18
Got mine a couple of months ago, not worn it yet. Only took a couple of weeks after sending in the paperwork.

Whats with the "HM Armed Forces" bit though?. Whats wrong with plain old "HM Forces"?. Or are they going to bring out another one saying "HM Un-Armed Forces" after the next round of defence cuts, or maybe as a special limited edition for matelots in rubber boats in certain coastal waters?.
 
#19
Mine came automatically a week or two BEFORE I retired last year. I also received a kind of veledictory letter from a Two-Star which actually noted some of the out of the ordinary stuff that I had done over the years, so it seemed to be quite personal even though I had not met or served with the bloke in the past. Obviously culled from a career-load of CRs, but surprisingly, it was properly signed and therefore not auto-PC generated. I thought it a nice touch and was quite taken aback by it. :eek:

With the badge came a day or two of my kids, all in their teens, taking the p*ss unmercifully as the term 'veteran' has elderly conotations in this country. But it was good natured p*ss-taking and came with plenty of ale.

I have not worn it with suitable attire as yet and I must say that I was pleased to receive it. It's not a cheap trinket. It's well made, enamelled and will be a neat to bequeath along with my gongs, sam browne, sword etc when I'm gone.

I was a little moved by it and sent the e-application forms to a few mates who have retired to USA and Canada. Theirs arrived in just a few weeks.

In a double wammy, I got my elderly next door neighbour, a former bootie, his Veterans Badge within 4 weeks. Also, as I had got his service number, (never forget that do we ?) I did some research and got him his Suez medal at the same time. He was chuffed to bits and THAT made the whole enterprise worthwhile. :highfive:

We post a lot venom at the Gubmint on ARRSE, God knows I'm truly in the rant bracket, but once in a while I think a bit of a pat on the back to some depts is in order. The Vets agency worked very well for me on this and the medals office were very much on-side. :)

Sad to see Veterans Badges on e-bay though. :(
 

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