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26 June 2007

Barrett honours Edinburgh’s finest on Veterans’ Day

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, speaking on Veterans’ Day 2007, commended the bravery of Edinburgh Veterans.

Mr Barrett also took the opportunity to encourage all eligible veterans to apply for a veterans badge after the eligibility criteria was extended to all men and women who served in the armed forces up until 31 December 1984.

It is estimated that many veterans now eligible have either yet to apply, or are unaware of the extension.

An appeal earlier this year by Mr Barrett has already attracted hundreds of responses from veterans across the city. the Edinburgh West MP 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:

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

“The appeal for veterans to apply for the badge has so far has been massively successful with hundreds of constituents contacting my office for an application form. It seems that many veterans were previously unaware that they were even eligible for the badge, let alone how to go about claiming it.

“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.

“Now that the eligibility has been extended once again I hope that many more people will get in touch. Anyone 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.”

 

Notes

As well as the armed forces veterans' badge, 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 Veteran’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.

The Government recently announced that those conscripted to work down the mines during World War II, the Bevin Boys as they were known, will also receive a special honour to commemorate their contribution to the war effort. The application process for the Badge will be launched towards the end of the year and will be co-ordinated by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA). With a view to the first Badge being awarded to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the demobilisation of the final Bevin Boys in March 2008.

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