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15 January 2007

Barrett backs veterans to claim badges

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today launched a fresh appeal for veterans across Edinburgh to claim their HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge.

Eligibility for the badge was recently extended, making it available to all men and women who served in the armed forces up until 31st December 1959. However, it is estimated that many veterans now eligible have either yet to apply, or are unaware of the extension.

Mr Barrett is urging any constituents of his who think they may be eligible for the badge to contact his Drum Brae constituency office on 0131 339 0339 to receive an application form.

John Barrett said:

“The badge represents a token of appreciation for the ex-service men and women who have been prepared to lay down their lives to protect this country. It is important that everyone who served in the armed forces up to 1959 is able to claim their Veteran’s Badge from the Ministry of Defence.

“Any constituent who wants information or assistance in claiming their Veteran’s Badge should contact my office on 0131 339 0339. They will be sent an application form along with instructions on how to go about claiming their badge.”

“As well as showing our respect to veterans, while our armed forces are engaged overseas, it is important that we continue to educate the next generation about the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces.”

In addition, Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces at any time prior to 31 December 1969 are also now eligable for a Vetran’s Badge. The Merchant Seafarers’ bravery and sacrifice in assisting HM Armed Forces in military operations has been formally commemorated with the launch of the new UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge.

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