Eligibility for Armed Forces Veterans Badge extended
Further improvements to honour the
Eligibility for the popular HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been widened to include those who served between the end of the Second World War and
Defence Secretary, John Reid said:
"The many heroic acts and sacrifices of our veterans and their families must never be forgotten. This is why we established the Veterans Badge in the first place. It has proved enormously popular, with over 100,000 issued to date.
"It has always been our intention that the Veterans Badge will be available to all veterans. To make the issuing of badges simpler, so far only applications from those who served during the First and Second World Wars have been accepted.
"I am very pleased that from today, fittingly on Remembrance Sunday, I am extending this to include those who served up until the end of 1954 and during the inter-war years."
The free HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was launched in May 2004 with the intention that it would be made available to all First World War veterans and the Second World War veterans who, under the National Lottery's Heroes Return scheme, travelled back to the battlefronts where they had fought.
Because the badge was so popular, eligibility was quickly extended to include all Second World War veterans and has now been extended again.
Further extensions to the eligibility criteria of the Badge will be announced in due course.
Included in yesterday's announcement are the widow(er)s of those Service personnel whose spouse died as a result of an injury or illness attributable to their military service and who are in receipt of a United Kingdom war widow(er)'s pension. Applications will of course continue to be accepted from those veterans who served during the First or Second World War and their spouses, as detailed above.
Those wishing to apply for the badge should send their name, address, date of birth, service number, period of serve and theatres of service to: