British Cold War Veterans.

The British Cold War Veterans are pleased that the Independent Chairperson of the Government Medal Review; Sir John Holmes has agreed to meet with representatives of our organisation to consider a formal submission for a British Cold War Medal.

RAF Squadron Leader (Rtd) Paul Tofi and former RAF Policeman Andy Davies will represent the BCWV and make the submission.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 3pm.

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British Cold War Veterans are those people who served in HM armed forces (Regular and Reserve) during the Cold War (1945 – 1991), a period which has been described as the ‘most dangerous time ever in world history’ when
the powers of both East and West squared up militarily taking everyone to the brink of global annihilation.

It was a ‘war’, often fought covertly and in secret, but one in which the men and women of Great Britain’s armed forces, who served during this period, were in a constant state of readiness for what was seen as being mankind’s final conflict.

The freedom which this country and the Western world enjoyed throughout this time owes much to the men and women of Britain’s armed forces who stepped forward ready to defend with their lives if necessary, its values and democracy.
They served at home, in Europe, with NATO, and many other parts of the world, but they served with pride.

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Medal Update November 2014

In regard to the request for a Cold War medal the government and Sir John Holmes concluded that:

This is at least partly swept up in the separate review on the merits of a National Defence Medal, and is not therefore recommended for further consideration at this stage.

In a response regarding the National Defense Medal to Ed Milliband the leader of the opposition it is stated that:

"following this review and consideration of the likely cost implications, they do not intend to introduce a National Defence Medal at this point".

Suffice to say that these decisions appear to be based on cost implications in preference to merit, recognition and sacrifice.

MEDAL REVIEW UPDATE

Following a lot of hard work by representatives on behalf of British Cold War Veterans in compiling a comprehensive submission for the governments official Medal Review and meeting with Sir John Holmes who was tasked with conducting the review to submit to government we have been made aware of the result of the review in respect of our official submission for a Cold War Medal:

The review concludes that in respect of a Cold War Medal: This is at least partly swept up in the separate review on the merits of a National Defence Medal, and is not therefore recommended for further consideration at this stage.

AMSC Recommendation: Agree – not for review.

So despite conducting an official review and lengthy delays, the review findings have concluded that our submission for a Cold War Medal is not for review????

Please rest assured that although things may seem quiet, the BCWV will continue to seek further clarification on this matter. Our thanks go to Squadron Leader (Rtd) Paul Tofi (ex RAF) and Andy Davies (ex RAF) for all their time and hard work in preparing a very detailed submission and meeting with Sir John Holmes on behalf of all Cold War Veterans.


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