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Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all those eligible for Veteran’s Badges are claiming their entitlement. (232980)

All those leaving the services now receive their HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge in their service leavers’ pack. For those not receiving the badge in this way, the details of eligibility and the application process are advertised on the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency website:

www.veterans-uk.info

The badge has also been publicised through Government and ex-service organisation publications and through local and national press articles featuring coverage of badge presentation ceremonies held by Government and external organisations. We are also promoting badge presentation ceremonies as a part of next year’s British armed forces and Veterans Day events. The position is kept under review, including considering opportunities to provide further publicity for the scheme.

Between May 2004 and 31 October 2008 over 674,000 HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges have been issued.