Govt Initiative for veterans welcomed

The Ely Centre welcome Government Initiative to formally Recognise Veterans

The Ely Centre have welcomed the Governments recent announcement that Britain's 2.5 million veterans are to be formally recognised with their own IDs to show they served in the armed forces. Ex-military personnel will be issued with a new type of driving licence stamped with 'V'. A separate card will be handed to those who do not drive, with the IDs expected to be rolled out from next year.

Speaking of Britain's former Royal Navy, Army and RAF servicemen and women, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

"Those who have served deserve recognition for their sacrifice throughout their lives and we will continue to make sure that they get it."

The plans, first mentioned by Tobias Ellwood, the minister responsible for defence personnel and veterans, is part of Government plans to improve the information it keeps about ex-military personnel. “Carried at all times, it becomes symbolic of the responsibility and there is a strange sense of loss when upon departing the Armed Forces, it is taken from you.

Mr Lee McDowell, Ely Centre, stated “ The Ely Centre strongly support and welcome the Prime Ministers statement and the Governments initiative, which sits in the Armed Forces Covenant, and will help us all better recognise our veterans within the community and their invaluable service to our country."

It is being reported that the cards will give veterans better access to specialist services such as priority healthcare, housing and retail discounts as well as giving a sense of pride for having served their country.