Helping veterans get the recognition they deserve

The Advertiser Series: BADGE OF HONOUR: Veterans are being encourage to apply for the Armed Forces badges, thanks to a tireless charity campaigner in Darlington BADGE OF HONOUR: Veterans are being encourage to apply for the Armed Forces badges, thanks to a tireless charity campaigner in Darlington

A CHARITY campaigner and fundraiser has turned his attention to gaining veterans medals for his fellow care home residents who served their country.

Peter Longstaff is helping veterans at Ventress Hall, in Darlington, to apply for their HM Armed Forces Veterans lapel badges.

Launched in May 2004, the badge is aimed at raising the profile of veterans by assisting the wider public to recognise them.

Mr Longstaff, who was a Royal Naval supply officer, said: “Everyone who has served, in whatever capacity, is linked together by a common bond.

“I am lucky to share these bonds with several other residents and I wanted them to be able to wear a badge with pride that showed everyone the service they had given their country.”

Peter has helped a number of residents apply for their badges and he is currently helping more through the process.

Ventress Hall manger Judy Wray said: “Peter is a very special man and I think it is incredible that he has helped other people to obtain the Veterans Badge that acknowledges their contributions.

“Each of our residents are special individuals but there is certainly a bond between those who have served and it is a bond we are delighted to celebrate.”

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8:33am Sat 15 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Veterans from ALL services need support on leaving the services. Years ago Local Councils had the duty to support ex services, the services have a duty of care, sadly the latter do not exercise their duty of care. All to often a man or woman leaves the service that has cared for and looked after them for how ever long they hit a wall with no where to go. I left the services in 1973, i was told then that there was this i could do etc the list went on BUT no employment ever came from numerous interviews. (there is not a lot of work in civvy street for toting guns etc. I was lucky myself in the end a kindly engineer from a national company gave me a job because he was ex services himself my luck but i will admit i was extremely lucky.
Government needs to do more for ex servicemen not just abandon them when they are at their most vunerable and weakest.
Veterans from ALL services need support on leaving the services. Years ago Local Councils had the duty to support ex services, the services have a duty of care, sadly the latter do not exercise their duty of care. All to often a man or woman leaves the service that has cared for and looked after them for how ever long they hit a wall with no where to go. I left the services in 1973, i was told then that there was this i could do etc the list went on BUT no employment ever came from numerous interviews. (there is not a lot of work in civvy street for toting guns etc. I was lucky myself in the end a kindly engineer from a national company gave me a job because he was ex services himself my luck but i will admit i was extremely lucky. Government needs to do more for ex servicemen not just abandon them when they are at their most vunerable and weakest. oliviaden6
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