UK ARMED FORCES VETERANS’ LAPEL BADGE
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

APPVA members who are also former members of the UK Armed Forces may not be aware that they may be entitled to the issue of the UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Lapel Badge. The information in this article is taken from the detailed information that can be found at the UK Service Personnel and Veterans Agency website http://www.veterans-uk.info. This website is useful as a generic resource for ex-UK serving members, and the information on the UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Lapel Badge can be found at: http://www.veterans-uk.info/new_badge/badge.html.

The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Lapel Badge was launched in May 2004 by the UK Minister of Veterans. The first veterans badge was issued on 10 May 2004, which initiated the roll out of the badge to the Second World War veteran generation. Since then eligibility to apply for the badge has been extended in sequential phases to all veterans.

The badge is an enamelled, engraved, and pinned, lapel badge approximately 20mm in height, featuring the words “HM Armed Forces – Veteran”, below the Tri-Service, Anchor, Crossed Swords and Eagle motif, and crested by the St. Edwards’ Crown.

Eligibility is broad and includes all those who have served in the UK Armed Forces. It should be noted however, that those who served alongside HM Armed Forces (e. g. Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force) are not entitled.

APPVA members (and any other ex-UK Armed Forces members) who think that they are eligible should complete one of the following application forms available online at:

Acrobat Reader Version (http://www.veterans-uk.info/new_badge/application _form.pdf)

Microsoft Word Version (http://www.veterans-uk.info/new_badge/application _form.doc)

Rich Text Format (.rtf) (http://www.veterans-uk.info/new_badge/application _form.rtf)

The form should be completed as fully as possible. The completed form can be posted or faxed to the UK Service Personnel and Veterans Agency at:

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency,
Norcross,
Thornton-Cleveleys,
Lancashire,
FY5 3WP
United Kingdom

Additionally, the form can be downloaded, saved and returned to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency by email at lapelbadge.team@spva.gsi.gov.uk.

Alternatively, applicants can call the Overseas Freephone number +44 1253 330561 to apply, but they should ensure that they have to hand all the details asked for on the application form.