Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that eligibility to apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge and UK Merchant Seafarers Badge has been extended to include all those who have served in UK Armed Forces. This means that veterans of the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are now eligible.
The HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was launched in May 2004 and since then its eligibility has been gradually extended from the First and Second World War veterans, to whom it was initially issued, to successive generations of veterans so that all may be united under one badge.
The UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge was introduced, in 2006, as a special version of the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge to reflect the unique relationship that the Merchant Navy and fishermen have held with the Armed Forces, during UK military operations, over the years. Today’s extension means that all veterans are now eligible to apply for these badges from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. Since 1 February 2005 HM Armed Forces Veterans’ Badges have been given as standard to all personnel leaving Service.
David Hanson said:
“I am delighted that the eligibility for these badges has been extended once more and now many of our troops that have served the country out in Iraq and Afghanistan will now be included.
“Veterans are a diverse group. But what they have in common is that they have served our country with pride, they have honoured their commitment to defend its interests and they have made a major contribution to the wellbeing of our nation.
“Hundreds of my constituents have already received a badge and I am keen to ensure that all those entitled to receive a badge do so at the earliest opportunity. I am always delighted to write to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of local veterans.”
Anyone with details of a Flintshire veteran, which can be awarded to those who served in any of the services, should contact David Hanson at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or via hansond(at)parliament.uk They need to provide the name, address, service number, unit served and years of service of the veteran, which Mr Hanson can then pass onto the Ministry of Defence to apply for the badge. If approved, it should arrive in around 3 months.