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14 February 2007

Over 35,000 Edinburgh veterans still missing out on 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 after latest government estimates revealed that over 35,000 veterans across the city are still missing out.

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 1969. However the Government have admitted that an estimated 5 million eligible veterans across the UK 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.

“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.

“For so many eligible veterans to still be missing out is not good enough. I am calling on any constituent of mine who wants information or assistance in claiming their Veteran’s Badge to 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.”


Notes

Member Tabling Question: Laws, David
Topic: Veterans Badge
Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information is available on a constituency basis to identify those people who are entitled to a Veterans Badge but who have yet to claim it; and if he will make a statement.
Answering Department: Ministry of Defence
Member Answering Question: Ingram, Adam
Answer: [holding answer 30 January 2007]: The Ministry of Defence has insufficient information to make an accurate assessment of the number of people entitled to HM Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge but estimate that the total number is around 5 million.

Therefore there will be on average 7,300 UNCLAIMED Veterans Badges in every Parliamentary Constituency. 7,300 x 5 = 36,500

Therefore, across Edinburgh, it is expected that 36,500 eligible veterans are yet to receive their badge.

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