News & Views from the Campaign Team
|Posted by National Defence Medal on September 26, 2014 at 5:45 AM||comments (29)|
Note: The NDM campaign remains apolitical and strives for ALL Party support. However it is important to know which political parties will directly support the NDM campaign:
Mike Hookem MEP announces a range of measures to aid Armed Forces veterans
UKIP’s defence spokesman, Mike Hookem, used his party conference speech in Doncaster today to announce a completely new range of policies aimed at helping armed forces veterans. The new policies include:
UKIP will create a dedicated Veterans Department within the ministry of defence based on the US Veterans department model. This new agency would provide a “one stop shop” which will bring together all veterans services to ensure service personnel get the after service care they deserve.
UKIP will demand that all veterans of all services are issued with a newly instituted National Defence Medal to recognise each individual’s contribution to the overall defence effort. This medal will be awarded irrespective of rank and length of service. The armed forces operate as a team and every aspect of that team deserves to be recognised.
UKIP will guarantee a job in the police force, prison service or border force, to those who have served for a minimum of twelve years. This will ensure we look after our servicemen, secure our borders, get more police on the streets and have safer prisons.
UKIP will change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex service men and women and those returning from active service.
UKIP will introduce a Veterans Service Card that will guarantee fast track access to NHS mental health care. UKIP do not underestimate the damage that PTSD has on service men and women and their families and we are determined to stop this travesty, especially considering that mental health issues can surface many years after the event.
UKIP guarantee that all the entitlements outlined above will be extended to servicemen from overseas. UKIP is committed to putting in place legislation that will give equal rights and benefits for all armed forces personnel, no matter of their ethnic origin.
“As a veteran myself, I am very proud to announce UKIP’s new approach to veterans affairs, as politicians in this country have ignored the military covenant for far too long. As a nation, we have a duty to help veterans readjust to civilian life, to find a job and get on the housing ladder, as well as providing any healthcare required as soon as possible. This is especially important when you think that many members of todays armed force have served multiple tours of combat duty over the last 14 years and may need a great deal of extra help and support.”
“UKIP’s intention to create a Veterans Affairs department within the MoD will totally change the current sporadic approach to veterans services by providing a ‘one stop shop’ for veterans returning to civilian life and for those who need that little extra help in their post service life. At the same time, our guaranteed career path for veterans with more than 12 years service will allow armed forces personnel to plan for a long term career in the public sector, as well as making sure we have the right calibre of person filling important roles within those sectors. With regard to housing and heath care, it seems only right to me to make sure that troops returning to civilian life go to the front of the queue, especially considering what they have risked in defence of our nation.”
|Posted by National Defence Medal on September 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM||comments (18)|
The question posed:
Would an independent Scotland withdraw from the imperial honours system like Australia and New Zealand?
Would an independent Scotland instigate a Scottish Defence Force Medal?
Thank you for your letter of 11 September to the Minister for Transport and Veterans. I have been asked to reply. I can advise that an honours system would continue in an independent Scotland. The process would remain the same as at present whereby nominations would be processed through the civil service and independent of politicians.
As Q.584 states in Scotland’s Future, any amendments to the Honours system would be agreed with the Royal Household to reflect Scotland’s independence.
One thing we can be sure of, a Scottish Government will be just as vague as any other…………………
|Posted by National Defence Medal on August 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM||comments (102)|
The cost of archive retrieval of personal records, put out to contract at £25.00 a time, has been responsible for the failure of Government to recognise millions of veterans.
Finally, eight months after Sir John had submitted his ‘secret’ recommendations, a Government statement was made on the 29 July 2014 in the House of Lords, the day before they left for their summer holidays, and a week after the MPs had left for their summer recess. The HD Committee had evidently not been persuaded that a strong case could be made at this time for the institution of the NDM and it was too costly. Debate and questions in the House on a sensitive matter had been avoided.
Read the full release on the Home Page
|Posted by National Defence Medal on August 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (33)|
Veterans feel betrayed by 'final word' decision on historic medals claim.
British veterans from wars and conflicts around the world have lost a battle for recognition of their service to Crown and country. A decision by Ministry of Defence officials, that only some of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who served in conflicts and operations ranging from Aden and Suez to the Berlin Airlift should be awarded medals, has provoked a bitter row.
Read more from the Independent article: CLICK HERE
|Posted by National Defence Medal on August 1, 2014 at 2:40 AM||comments (140)|
The 'Options Paper' as presented to the HD Committe can be found by following the link below. It was then down to the judgement of the HD Committee which options to select:
You can also see the detail of the other medal claims, of particular interest is the 'Other Claims' and the comments of the Advisory Military Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations, at a meeting from August 2013!
There is plenty for us to review and then construct a considered and cogent response.
|Posted by National Defence Medal on July 30, 2014 at 4:25 AM||comments (64)|
Sir John also reviewed the case for a National Defence Medal. An options paper produced by the Cabinet Office will also be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is not persuaded that a strong enough case can be made at this time, but has advised that this issue might usefully be reconsidered in the future. In such circumstances, the criteria for the award of a medal would need careful consideration, including length of service, good conduct and the possibility of retrospection.
In the meantime, Ministers have agreed that the eligibility requirements for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, which is currently awarded only to other ranks and not to officers, should be harmonised for the future.
Next steps under consideration.
|Posted by National Defence Medal on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM||comments (47)|
It is not always possible to reveal every effort that is going on behind the scenes, but just remember the House of Lords is still in session, and the Cabinet Office publish reports every day.
A very significant target has been missed, but as one target passes another comes into focus.
We have not given up working to get this resolved, MP’s havn't actually contributed much to the substance of the report, they only step in at the end, the Government machine ploughs on with or without MP’s sitting in the HoC.
Stay positive until we have reason not to be. We are still very much in the mix.
|Posted by National Defence Medal on July 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM||comments (30)|
We were given the strongest possible indications that an announcement would be no later than the 22nd July 2014, only to be let down yet again. In the final minutes of the last day before the parliamentary summer recess we indirectly received the following statement:
I am sorry not to have replied before now to your several e-mails asking when an announcement will be made about the review of military medals. I am also sorry not to returned your telephone calls but I have been away from my desk for much of this week.
I can confirm that the position is that no decision has yet been made about when an announcement will be published. It will not be today and will certainly be after the parliamentary summer recess.
Honours and Appointments Secretariat
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
|Posted by National Defence Medal on July 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM||comments (47)|
|Posted by National Defence Medal on June 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM||comments (90)|
We have tried not to speculate too much on these matters, but we’ve received what we feel is reliable information that the results of the Medal Review and subsequent process will be revealed before the parliamentary summer recess.
That means we can expect to know our fate before 22nd July 2014.
We have had several false dawns and setbacks, however perhaps finally we will get the decision we have all awaited so patiently.
After re-reading our case and taking into account several new factors since its submission, I feel the claim has actually strengthened. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with us on this journey. I am acutely aware that not everybody has agreed with our approach, but we all agree on the importance and significance of what a National Defence Medal would mean.
I hope we will be celebrating success in a matter of days.