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Veterans To Be 'Formally Recognised With Official ID Cards'

Old 13th Dec 2017, 10:46
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Veterans To Be 'Formally Recognised With Official ID Cards'

From Forces TV website:

Britain's 2.5 million veterans are to be formally recognised with their own IDs to show they served in the armed forces.
Ex-military personnel will be issued with a new type of driving licence stamped with 'V'.
A separate card will be handed to those who do not drive, with the IDs expected to be rolled out from next year.
Speaking of Britain's former Royal Navy, Army and RAF servicemen and women, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
"Those who have served deserve recognition for their sacrifice throughout their lives and we will continue to make sure that they get it."
The plans were first mentioned by Tobias Ellwood, the minister responsible for defence personnel and veterans, in the Commons in October.
He said the ID option was part of Government plans to improve the information it keeps about ex-military personnel.
Mr Ellwood, who was in the Royal Green Jackets for five years, serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Germany, told The Sun newspaper he was "delighted" about the introduction of the initiative.
He said: "As a former soldier, I am aware of the personal attachment with the service ID.
"Carried at all times, it becomes symbolic of the responsibility and there is a strange sense of loss when upon departing the Armed Forces, it is taken from you.
"I'm delighted this initiative, which sits in the Armed Forces Covenant, will help us all better recognise our veterans and their service to our country."
It is being reported that the cards will give veterans better access to specialist services such as priority healthcare, housing and retail discounts as well as giving a sense of pride for having served their country.


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Old 13th Dec 2017, 11:34
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Ex-military personnel will be issued with a new type of driving licence stamped with 'V'.
How apt, if your car carries a V registration mark, it indicates it has been written off in its past life


Nice to see though.
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Old 13th Dec 2017, 11:42
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And yet, They "save money" by not awarding the LSGC to Officers who qualify but, whose service ceased before 2014.
I call on Prime Minister Theresa May to tell us why they recognise past Service with this move but not with the LSGC?
Quote Theresa May:
"Those who have served deserve recognition for their sacrifice throughout their lives and we will continue to make sure that they get it."

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Old 13th Dec 2017, 11:45
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Whilst a much appreciated and welcome and overdue gesture, why can this not be implemented before:

The scheme, to be announced by the prime minister later, could be implemented in the early 2020s.
Source: Armed forces veterans to get ID to recognise 'sacrifice' - BBC News
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Will we get a free lanyard to wear it round our necks.
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I'm reminded of this classic little ditty from Curb Your Enthusiasm
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Why was asked, I think
He said the ID option was part of Government plans to improve the information it keeps about ex-military personnel.
says it all, the rest is just a neat way to wrap it all up.
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Britain's 2.5 million veterans are to be formally recognised with their own IDs to show they served in the armed forces.
Goody-goody (I've already got my Veteran's Badge - holds my Remembrance Poppy on a treat)
- and retail discounts as well...
Better and better !
The scheme, to be announced by the prime minister later, could be implemented in the early 2020s
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Counts me out, then (in all probability). Good idea while it lasted !

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Old 13th Dec 2017, 14:35
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and retail discounts as well...
Already covered by the Defence Discount Service card.
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Hope it is better information than Forces TV programming. What rubbish they put out, IMHO of course
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Try using the DDS card in Costa. It's apparently up to the individual manager, and I've not met one yet who will accept it. I suspect this will be the same.
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Britain's 2.5 million veterans are to be formally recognised with their own IDs to show they served in the armed forces.
Goody-goody (I've already got my Veteran's Badge - holds my Remembrance Poppy on a treat) Quote:
- and retail discounts as well...
Better and better !
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The scheme, to be announced by the prime minister later, could be implemented in the early 2020s
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Counts me out, then (in all probability). Good idea while it lasted !

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And because its a driving license we'll have to pay for the privilege :-(
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Just been sent the 'V' link to Theresa May's page, along with an unanswered question on the nationality of the troops shown:

https://www.facebook.com/TheresaMayOfficial/

Apparently she sees the Armed Forces first-hand but actual recognition is a lot more challenging.
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam View Post
And because its a driving license we'll have to pay for the privilege :-(
What happens if you are an ex-pat and have swapped a UK license for a foreign one?

I'll bet ex-pats haven't even been thought of.
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I'm not out yet, so my mileage might vary, but I can't see any conceivable reason I'd want this.
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I have no intention of trading in my pristine green paper licence unless I get caught for some transgression - it confounded the hell out of the Americans during a recent trip when I needed to hire a car
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Will it get me into my old Mess bar at Marham where I was a Wg Cdr - thought not.

Political platitudes.
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Originally Posted by jindabyne View Post
Will it get me into my old Mess bar at Marham where I was a Wg Cdr - thought not.

Political platitudes.
Try The Bell!

Oh, its gone.

Mind you it really was a grotty pub.
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Best in the local area though!
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