HM Forces Recognition
Forum thread for campaign HM Forces Recognition
“ British Veterans National Defence Medal (NDM) Campaign ”
They are subject to a special legal code, are required to engage in operations anywhere and at any time as directed by the Government of the day, and forego many rights and freedoms enjoyed by civilians. No other profession faces these rigours and constraints.
Too many have served without official recognition. Examples are; Berlin Airlift, Post WW2 Peacekeepers (active service to 1955), National Service, Post Armistice Korea, Nuclear Test Veterans, Conflicts such as Cyprus with GSM Qualification of 120 days, IRA Victims on UK or European mainland, Cold War the list goes on.
Find out more at: http://www.nationaldefencemedal.webs.com/
I had a colleague who was killed by the IRA in Holland in 1988 (we were not in a combat zone), an IED was also planted on a neighbours car which was made safe.
These were the daily real dangers.
I served in the RAF in Germany and the Falklands (post 82), and only feel able to stand on the sidelines and watch every year when remembering my former comrades.
It is important for veterans to â€œreceive some tangible evidence of the Nationâ€™s gratitudeâ€.
That is why I support the NDM Campaign - Support For Veterans
In addition to the importance of the mission in Germany, many servicemen died on exercises and as a result of terrorism.
Sadly, the UK government would prefer to forget this importrant period of our history but are quick enough to take the credit for it.
I think it is time senior officers, both past and present, started to push this issue with some vigour.
Some soldiers died today,
Though no one gave a care.
For they were Cold War warriors,
No medals hanging there.
A cheap and worthless badge,
Was all they had to show.
They all volunteered to serve,
But no one would ever know.
Ready to defend this land,
In times of peace or strife.
Without exception they all stood,
Though it might mean their life.
They were daily disrespected,
By those they signed to serve.
When they asked for recognition,
They were told they "had a nerve".
But the greatest disrespect,
From those they served alongside.
Those who wore a gong or two,
Absent from their graveside.
D. J. B. 2012
We really have to highlight this issue and make sure the UK public are aware of it.
Well done Tony and keep up the great work.
All our ex service personal are worthy of a NDM. It should automatically be awarded along with a Veterans Lapel Badge.