Make the reproduction and selling of the Official HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges illegal.
Forum thread for campaign Make the reproduction and selling of the Official HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges illegal.
“ Make the reproduction and selling of the Official HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges illegal. Petition ”
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Can you give the direct link to the UK Government Petitions page. cheers.
Hope this helps.
Either gremlins in the dewferkin, or possibly, a dithering old idiot not doing the correct thing.
I prefer to think it's the gremlins.
John Daly, The picture is sadly One size fits all, and there is no automatic resizer set on the Campaigns images! But that is no problem I will resize
Not exactly a thing most of us would do, especially as one of the sources for buying this badge is the Forces Reunited website itself.
For the Princely sum of less than a fiver anyone can buy one no questions asked. Simply go to the Shop on the blue line and pay your money.
Walter Mitties, those people who never served, but like to get the Discounts offered to Veterans or like to impress people with their daring deeds in Iraq, Afghan, FI and the Iranian embassy, simply pop to ebay and buy a Knock off copy to validate their claims.
Even worse with some of the Scummy Walter Mitties are the people the scam, several have been known to have fleeced ladies of their life savings before doing a runner, with the aid of an Ebay Veterans Badge, fake medals and fake documents.
Having said that. have you noticed my avatar showing two Veterans Badges, both awarded unsolicited by me. I have no idea of how they obtained details of my service record to merit these badges . Unfortunately the workings of the internet has always been a mystery to me and hasn`t improved over the years.
The official letter telling ey to apply for it came out of the BLUE and my first thought was " Fame at Last" Those of us who served in the Suez Canal Zone hadn`t been awarded the GSM with the SUEZ CANAL ZONE Clasp at this time. This came 50 years after we were demobbed.
The second badge was awarded to Merchant seamen by " THE Merchant Mariners Association.
I admit I had never heard of this organisation but after reading the names of those heading this association I realised this was a genuine attempt at recognising those brave men and women who served during the war keeping UK supplied with our food and military supplies on the convoys. As we all know many of them died during this harrowing time without their bravery being recognised. I realised this was a genuine attempt at rectifing this when I read the names leading this belated effort.
Commodore RW Warwick OBE FNI RNR. Master of the QE2 R Crawford CBE. Director General Imperial War Museum
I met the criteria for this badge . In all cases you had to show you served on a vessel in support of military operations I.E Convoys, Trooping, Dday landings Korean War
After almost six years on troopships ,Although I never at any time felt we were in any danger I decided I could justify filling in the form with my details.
There was only one fly in the ointment. The similarity in my badge to the Veterans Badge for my RAF service and the MN badge was a little to close for comfort. The wording on both badges says exactly the same. I have never felt completely at ease with the MNbadge as Merchant Navy personell were never armed.
Chances are Next time I want to do it I will have forgotten how it is done.
I remain confused by your statement that 'FR is selling copies of 'the veterans medal'?
We have, to the best of my knowledge, never, ever, sold anything remotely similar to the official veterans badge and I'd welcome a link to where we have if you feel it is/was otherwise.
If you're referring to the FR badge however -
Since I co-designed the FR badge in the first place I feel qualified to respond!
The FR badge is NOT a version of the official veterans badge, it is a badge in its own right.
It doesn't purport or pretend to be anything other than a 'forces reunited badge' and predates, by some years, the official veterans badge, in fact, having been around since 2002!
It has never been advertised as an official veterans badge.
It states, in English, the website URL and 'proud to be a forces veteran' on it -I don't think it can be clearer than that frankly.
It doesn't bear the monarch's crown or the tri-services logo of the UK (both of which are copyright and cannot be used officially by anyone without HMG/MOD permission).
It is NOT an official veterans badge
It is NOT a veterans medal
It is NOT anything other than a signifier you support this website and it's forums and are 'proud to be a veteran'.
The only similarity between the official badge and the FR is the single word 'veteran' and there are thousands of badges 'out there' that use that word I'm afraid, or the union flag, a similarly widely used image.
We're rightly proud of our little badge -whilst it's true that anyone can buy it, it's clearly aimed at veterans and worded appropriately and we're very happy that thousands of veterans, including members of my own family, wear theirs on a daily basis, alongside their official badges.
I hope that clarifies the matter.