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Medal News April 2011
Letters pour scorn on minister
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Reply alan goodger
11:44 AM on April 24, 2011 
Dear Sir.
On watching the debate & the comments of the Veterans Minister to whom I wrote saying his remarks about a NDM would demean the medals system which stated rightfully so That it wouldn't demean devalue a medal& awards system. also he stated if you gave everyone &none combatant as well you may aswell give nurses the defence medal ;I replied by saying those none combatants although not on front line are in support of those fighting ,that without them supplying ammo equiptment Etc. those up the front wouldn't be able to do their job properly, he also made slight of the offer put forward to pay towards cost of the issue Or production of said NDM I stated in a letter to veterans minister the offer was a jesture on behalf of the campaigners as the last government made such a hash of the economy. However it seems the this Minister although I had written to pointing out these issues he made ? I had reason to write again asking him for a reply with a answer to the first letter I sent him. Seems he has his own agenda, doesn't think anything like it would be polite to answer someone letter perhaps he's not worthy to be a Veterans minister ? as I'm still waiting a reply......A. Goodger. GSM...RE Rtd
Reply Peter Winterbottom
1:52 PM on April 6, 2011 
I thank Mr. Kelly for his letter to the minister and feel ,that i could not have put it better myself. The words of the minister are those spoken by someone who has the honor of being awarded for his servise, its a shame that can not be said of his diservice to all past members of Her Majesties Services. I like so many signed the dotted line, may not have had the opportunity to serve in a war zone, soent time in Berlin and BAOR during the cold war era and have nothing to show for the 6 years service. This is somewhat now like my current career, Nursing, which very much like the Military, will take some much and not recognise all of the sacrifices that people , like myself, have given. Politicians forget that it is we, the general public who put them in office and can also do the reverse. Maybe the ministers who are responsible for this single minded act, next time they are trying to work out their expenses, will spare more of a thought for those of us who did and still do take up the honor of serving an d would do so again at the drop of a hat, whilst they all stay home safe.

Peter Winterbottom
Reply Alistair H G Allcroft
9:43 AM on April 6, 2011 
It is with some wonder that I ask myself why the Royal British Legion isn't to the fore in making the case for the NDM?

From WW1 until after WW2 Legion membership consisted almosty entirely of those who were able to display medals proclaiming their part in these massive conflicts. When they go 'on parade' no-one is left in any doubt as to 'what did you do during your service?'

Beyond WW2 however folks who have served may, according to where/when they were posted, have some medal for a lesser conflict like Aden, Cyprus, Kenya, Malaya, etc., etc........but then again they may have nothing at all!

When those without any medal recognition go 'on parade' alongside the be-medalled seniors of older generations we ALWAYS feel out of place. It is we who ALWAYS have to give explanation to what Service we were in and what we did.
The consequence of this for the Royal British Legion is that they are losing membership fast. A great many of those unacknowledged Service men and women do not choose to become part of the Legion as they strongly feel 'they don't fit in or belong.'
The long term consequence for the Legion is that many Clubs are declining to the point where they are no longer viable and face closure. With such closure comes the risk of depletion of charity income which the Legion depends on for it's good work.

Come on RBL! It is in your interest to support and acknowledge the service of all those who ahve given years to their country. Given your support they will be much more inclined to support you in return.
Reply Westy
3:37 PM on April 4, 2011 
Not luck, editors spend plenty of time picking the most topical and relevant, and the letter must make sense, and these tick all the right boxes, well done.
Reply Charles Lovelace
8:48 AM on April 4, 2011 
Just the luck of the draw to get two letters in. Great excoriating worl by Dave Kelley. Rowbathan must be smarting.