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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:37 am on 3rd March 2016.

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Photo of Kirsten Oswald Kirsten Oswald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans) 10:37 am, 3rd March 2016

Most Members will be surprised that many current and former service personnel never receive a medal acknowledging their service. All those who served accepted the danger and sacrifice associated with their decision, but they will never receive a medal unless they were actively involved in conflict or served for a very lengthy period. May we have a debate in Government time on the introduction of a national defence medal, which would be a tangible recognition of their service?

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John Proffitt, Chairman, British Airborne Forces Bureau (Commonwealth Veterans Association)
Posted on 5 Mar 2016 11:27 am (Report this annotation)

The Hon. Lady's request for a debate regarding veterans defence service to United Kingdom and the introduction of a National Defence Medal is well over due.
It is time a National Defence Medal is instituted in United Kingdom for all those who served in HM Armed Forces at some time since 1945.

Alan McNeilly
Posted on 5 Mar 2016 12:10 pm (Report this annotation)

This is a matter of Great National Importance, the National Defence Medal it takes into account the unique circumstances of serving in the armed forces, the loss of a high level of personal freedom, the inherent risk of being a member of the armed forces, being subject to Military law and the commitment of the individual to put country before self. It recognised and honours both those who serve and will serve and those who have served, been injured, maimed and killed in the line of duty regardless of when or where that duty took place. I fully support the Hon Lady's request for a dabate on the matter.

The NDM recognises the selfless sacrifice made by countless young men and women across the decades who helped keep this country free and safe in some of the most dangerous times in our countries history. No veteran wants an award for turning up to work but they do expect recognition for the unique and often dangerous job they did. The NDM does not set a president as a previous Defence Medal was awarded to those who served in Non Operational Roles during the 2nd World War. In fact a properly constituted medal would be seen to have great worth and value and in no way would de-value previous awards.

Alan McNeilly, Chairman, National Defence Medal Campaign