This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Issue all ex-service personnel with an ID card to accompany the Veterans Badge

All ex-service personnel are entitled to claim the Armed Services Veterans Badge but it would be advantageous to issue all ex-service veterans, who have served in any of the armed services, with an ID card allowing them the ability of being able to prove that they have served in Her Majesty's Forces

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The petition to alleviate the fraud by some of using unjustified ownership of the Armed Services Veterans Badge was originally set up on
and to date (13/08/2015) has more than 28,700 signatures.

This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months

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Government responded

This response was given on 21 January 2016

The Government recognises that veterans’ ID cards continue to be an issue of interest to former Service personnel.

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The subject was addressed by Professor Huw Strachan and his team when they produced the “Report of the Task Force on the Military Covenant” in September 2010. The Government subsequently implemented Professor Strachan’s recommendation for a veteran’s privilege card which can be used to access commercial discounts or privileges both locally and nationally. This includes the Defence Discount Service (DDS) which was launched in recognition of the Armed Forces Community as a whole and is the only Ministry of Defence endorsed scheme.

The DDS is seen as an important element in developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. The Covenant is an agreement between the Armed Forces community, the nation and the Government. It encapsulates the moral obligation to those who serve, have served, and their families.

For minimal cost the Defence Privilege Card (DPC) allows members of the Armed Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues. This in turn allows people to recognise the commitment, great bravery and distinction of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans within their local communities. When an individual signs up for the DPC they have an option to state on the card if they are a veteran and also their former Service.

The DPC is a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Defence Community; it is increasingly seen as an important aspect in developing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in local communities across the UK.

Ministry of Defence