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Veterans Lapel Badge

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will consider extending the qualifying entitlement for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge to include widows of First and Second World War veterans; (112703)

(2) if he will consider introducing a posthumous entitlement for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge to allow the children of deceased veterans to receive a badge on behalf of a parent.

The HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was introduced to provide a public mark of those who have served in the UK armed forces and are still alive; it was designed to allow veterans living in the community to be identified and to raise awareness of their number and diversity. One exception to this rule was made for War Widow(er)s who are in receipt of a War Widow(er)’s pension to recognise the unique circumstances of their spouses who were prevented from receiving their badge because of death attributable to illness or injury sustained during military service to their country. The badge is not a commemorative medal and we have no plans to introduce a posthumous entitlement more widely for widows of veterans who gave service in the First or Second World War and who died of natural causes, or for the children of deceased veterans.