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Veterans Badge Scheme

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the veterans badge scheme. (142930)

The veterans badge scheme has proved extremely popular since it was launched in 2004, with over 460,000 issued to date. It is my intention that all armed forces veterans should receive their badge at the earliest opportunity. A regular programme of extensions to eligibility has been conducted based on our capacity to handle demand, and further extensions of eligibility to apply for the badge will follow as soon as practicable.