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Jubilee medal snub is a slap in the face, says Lincolnshire veteran

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: April 04, 2012

Medal snub

MISSED OUT: Members of the Cranwell branch of the RAF Association will not be receiving a medal as they were not serving on the date required for eligibility.

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NEWS that ex-servicemen will not be given a medal to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee due to the "economic climate" has been described as a "slap in the face" by a veteran.

The Government decided to allocate the commemorative medal to members of the Armed Forces, emergency services personnel, operational prison services personnel and community support officers, all of who should be in service and have served five full years on February 6 this year.

But this news has annoyed former servicemen who have fought for their country.

Mike Smith, a member of the RAF Association at Cranwell, who served 41-years, described his feelings as aggrieved and said: "Again this is a slap in the face for service personnel and others who have loyally served the Queen and country and are being overlooked.

"Many of these have their own evidence of their efforts, others do not carry such scars but have given all of their working life to helping maintain the safety of Britain either in military uniform or the uniform of other organisations since 1953.

"Why are they not being permitted to have a Diamond Jubilee Medal?"

Between 400,000 and 450,000 people will receive a medal, with Mr Smith being one of many people to feel disappointed. He is one of thousands to have signed an online Veterans Diamond Jubilee Medal petition urging Government to re-think the criteria.

But a Government spokesman said: " The reason for this is simply that the Government has to draw the line somewhere, especially in the current economic climate, and although we appreciate that some people will be disappointed, we hope that they will understand the importance of maintaining the integrity and exclusiveness of the medal."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  April 05 2012, 11:05PM

    917199 - Can you explain why people deserve a medal for doing a specific job at exactly the same time as somebody else, who does a different job they were born into, have no management oversight and choose their own terms and conditions, celebrates an arbitrary time in post? "all gong to add up ..." - Priceless! And if privet jets really exist, maybe straw bale incinerators are not such a bad idea, eh Brian?

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  • bigbarry1  |  April 05 2012, 2:32PM

    lynnelincoln- you have shattered my allusions !!,There was me thinking you were a 20 year old dolly-bird.! No offence taken keep on with your posts,always interesting to read your views. Barry

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  • lynnlincoln  |  April 05 2012, 10:39AM

    Bigbarry1 and baloo68, no insult intended to anyone, just my own personal view, but I respect others perspective on this subject, this was my 'previous life'. I'm a pensioner now and enjoy all that that entails.

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  • 917199  |  April 05 2012, 10:18AM

    Its all about cost, 450.000 medals to be given out, @ £cost, its all gong to add up, they got to be able to afford there 6 course meals everyday, so if Mr Jones and Mr Smith dont get a medal they so rightly deserve, they can use this money to spend on things like, helicopter flights to the shops, or first class travel on a privet jet, or maybe a £4000 ivory back scratcher.

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  • bigbarry1  |  April 05 2012, 10:09AM

    baloo68-------------- Pipped me to it i was going to post and suggest to Lynnlincoln that she should not denigrate her 20 years in the police and her medal ,this is an insult to those who have served . As for servicemens medals they are worn with pride to remember those who did not return. I would assume that this also applies to the police service, as well as a thank you for being there when you were needed.

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  • baloo68  |  April 05 2012, 9:16AM

    "I know what I'm saying is far removed from what is in dispute here, but I've a medal for 20 years' service awarded for 'Long service and good conduct', from Lincolnshire Police, where is it you may ask, in the back of a drawer with a lot of other rubbish, means nothing. I was paid to do a job, end of. A line has to be drawn in the sand at some point. Totally in agreement with Lincoln_Lad1." That is so sad that the recognition for your service means nothing to you. my medals are very important to me they are a constant reminder of what i did and the friends i did it with including the ones that are no longer here. i dont expect the country to blow smoke up my A** but i do feel what myself and other have done is far more worthy than an olympic medal. my memories will never fade why should my country let us fade from memory.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  April 05 2012, 4:01AM

    "You can't keep giving medals to people no longer on the front line" Yes you can. Many medals are awarded posthumously.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  April 04 2012, 7:30PM

    eatmygoal - What are the two governments of which you speak. I trust you are not suggesting that the Olympics are entirely funded by London?

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  • lynnlincoln  |  April 04 2012, 7:25PM

    I know what I'm saying is far removed from what is in dispute here, but I've a medal for 20 years' service awarded for 'Long service and good conduct', from Lincolnshire Police, where is it you may ask, in the back of a drawer with a lot of other rubbish, means nothing. I was paid to do a job, end of. A line has to be drawn in the sand at some point. Totally in agreement with Lincoln_Lad1.

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  • vpire  |  April 04 2012, 7:11PM

    Well I'm ex forces and can honestly say I really don't feel hard done by not to get a medal.

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