Friday, September 9, 2011

Our Brothers in the UK Are Still Fighting

The UK Ministry of Defence appears to be on the same page as our DOD. Deny any medal to recognize Cold War Veterans. A letter from our friends in the UK

Veterans ‘stuffed’ again

 
The UK Military Covenant Commission report identified injustices in a lack of past medallic recognition for those who had served in the British Armed Forces.  This led to the Conservative Party in their 2010 General Election manifesto and the Coalition “ Programme for Government” commitment to undertake a comprehensive Medal Review.  But ‘MoD’ have stuffed our veterans.
 
The Ministry of Defence failed to publicly notify when the medal review started; what its terms of reference were and when it would report; failed to consult with veterans, and produced unsubstantiated findings based on false arguments.  In a matter of weeks MoD completed a paper based exercise covering 65 years of injustice and inconsistency of medallic recognition of millions of veterans.
 
Veteran organisations representing the Cold War; National Service; Korea Post Armistice; Nuclear Testing and the UK National Defence Medal campaigns have all condemned the MoD’s murky Medal Review.
 
Credit to the Prime Minister who refused to endorse the discredited review report and returned it to MoD for consultation with veterans, consultation has not taken place. Credit to the Deputy Prime Minister who refused to endorse the report and called for a reconstituted review with an independent Chair and wide consultation with veterans,his call was dismissed. Disgrace to the MoD whose whole flawed process is still shrouded in secrecy despite the Coalition Government’s transparency agenda. What a shambolic mess.    

We should all ask the questions: why would MoD carry out a secretive Medal Review and disregard the Governments transparency Agenda? Why would MoD disregard David Cameron’s directive that they should consult with veterans? Why would MoD disregard Nick Clegg’s call for an independent review? Why would MoD not wish to recommend to Her Majesty she honour our veterans through the award of the National Defence Medal? Even those who do not support medallic recognition, agree our veterans deserve a fair hearing in a review that is transparent and impartial.  
 
It is time for the Government to draw ‘a line in the sand’ through an independent transparent review, which consults with veterans. 
 
Click to day http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2311 give 2 minutes of your time for those who were prepared to give their life for you.
 
100,000 signatures will secure a Parliamentary debate on the defence medal.

Yours in the RAFA Association
Rob Vaneker 
Netherlands  

I do not know if anything from America will help persuade the UK MOD, but I signed the petition hoping it will
be of some help to them.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996