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#1
Torquay, England
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Joined Mar 2011
Apologies for this non cruise related topic but following on from a recent thread I note how there are a few ex service personnel on this forum.

Did we all know that you are entitled to a very nice medallion

You might have to play with the link until you get the right location but I can assure everyone that this is not a wind-up, nor a spam type mail.

I filled my application in about 4 - 6 weeks ago and then completely forgot about it. Much to my surprise this afternoon a very nice looking label badge arrived.

It comes in a nice jewellery box, has the MOD emblem on it with the wording 'HM Armed Forces' and underneath the word 'Veteran' It is made by the usual medal manufacturer so it does look very nice

I am not to keen on being called a 'veteran' but she who must be obeyed likes it and that is good enough for me.

If you have not got one then it is worth applying for as it is free!! and we don't often get 'owt for nowt!'

If you have already got one, or have applied... then disregard my last

Regards
John
#2
Newport, South Wales, UK
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Served in the RAF, never knew about it, so applied last night. Took all of five minutes.
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#3
Torquay, England
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I must confess it was a surprise to me and I honestly thought it was some type of wind-up.

Please do not expect an acknowledgement and if my experience is anything to go by.... You will not receive the item until you have completely forgotten about and and then one day a blooming great big white envelope will flutter through your letter box

I spent a few very comfortable weeks at RAF Khormaksar (happy days)
#4
Newport, South Wales, UK
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Received the badge yesterday, so took just a week......
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#5
Torquay, England
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Originally posted by newport dave
Received the badge yesterday, so took just a week......
Well done and you certainly had a much quicker response
#7
Fife Scotland
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Joined May 2000
I haven't applied for my Veteran's badge but my husband has his
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#8
Houston, Texas
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Joined Aug 2010
Here's a link from the PPruNe Military Aircrew forum to this discount site:

http://www.forcesdiscounts-mod.co.uk/

Veterans are included. Trouble is, I don't have a clue where my discharge papers are to use as proof. I believe when you leave the US forces you get a veterans ID which sounds a good idea.

Also mentioned on there are forces discounts of $50 - $250 OBC on Pricess and Cunard cruises
#9
Fife Scotland
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Joined May 2000
RCI and Celebrity only offer discount on certain cruises and none on cruise out of Southampton.

Priness it is per person which is good for us, but cunard it is per cabin so not such a good deal for us
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#10
UK
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Joined Feb 2011
My husband sent off for his when they first did them (must have beeen about 18 months ago I think) it came quite quick. Mind you he's never worn it, perhaps he should if we go to The States again as they make more fuss of their vets there
#11
Torquay, England
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Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by Lazysusan
My husband sent off for his when they first did them (must have beeen about 18 months ago I think) it came quite quick. Mind you he's never worn it, perhaps he should if we go to The States again as they make more fuss of their vets there
Hi Susan,
I'm with your husband regarding these brooches?? I can never see me wearing it (not even in the US) I guess it is just a nice little memento
#12
Lancashire North West England
50 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
I wear mine proudly alongside my medals on Rememberance Sunday, other days of the year it is on my Help For Heroes Hoodie, check them out on the helpforheroes.org web site, at £20 each they are top quality and helping our forces at the same time.
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#14
Newport, South Wales, UK
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Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by cp160
10 years in r.a.f and will have a look
got my o.b.c on princess already for oct cruise
What paperwork did you have to provide to get the OBC??
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#16
Newport, South Wales, UK
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Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by cp160
just filled in form and sent copy of discharge papers to princess and a week later obc was put on cruise
Thanks
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Caribbean Princess - Norway & Iceland 20th July 2012
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Coral Princess - Alaska Northbound 28th Aug 2013
Emerald Princess - Canaries & Iberia 31st May 2014
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Thomson Majesty - Adriatic Explorer 17th Oct 2014
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Explorer of the Seas - Middle East & Asia 23rd Oct 2015
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#18
Swansea
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Joined Mar 2011
I have spoken to P&O about OBC as they are part of Carnival group but they dont seem to offer any OBC for ex Military only their shareholders if you have 100 shares (about 2 grands worth). then you will get £125 for a 2 week cruise. Princess do give the discount and all the details are on their website.
If anyone finds out any different please shout about it. Recently got my veterans badge at a veterans day in Cardiff and intend to wear it with my medal on the formal nights - its gonna be one of the rare occasions I will get the chance to wear it - off to the Caribbean tomorrow cant wait
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#20
UK (Deepest Lincolnshire)
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Wearing the veterans' badge make for a good ice-breaker in conversation, especially with American co-cruisers many of whom will have some military background.

Here in RAF(Retd) Lincolnshire everyone seems to have one!
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