Barbara is urging constituents who served in the Merchant Navy before 1994 to contact her office in Walkden for help to apply for the UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge.
Barbara has helped many constituents receive the Veterans Badge for the Armed Forces and has hosted presentation ceremonies with the Mayor of Salford for local veterans. She would like those who served on a merchant ship in direct support of military operations to have similar recognition for their efforts.
“I think it is important that the bravery and sacrifice of all local veterans is properly recognised. The establishment of a badge specifically to honour those who assisted HM Armed Forces in military operations at sea is a welcome development.
“The UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge is a survivor’s badge to be worn on civilian clothing. Widows and Widowers who receive a pension from the Veterans’ Agency are also able to apply for the badge. I encourage all those constituents who think that they may be eligible to contact my office in Walkden so I can help them to apply."
Applications for the UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge have to meet certain criteria:
The badge is available to all Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces at any time prior to 31 December 1994.
The badge cannot be issued posthumously as it is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian clothing. The only exception to this is for Widow(er)s in receipt of a War Widow(er)’s Pension paid by Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. The deceased must have Served prior to and including 31 December 1994.
If an individual already holds an HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge they may still apply for the UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge.