What Makes Me a Veteran?

We have recently received news that we will finally be recognised and acknowledged as Veterans with a simple ‘V’ marked on our Driving license.

Is this a positive move forward, being officially identified in society as someone who has once served Queen and country, or is this just one more meaningless political move?

 

We asked the Veteran community what they thought of the new ‘V’ for Veteran Identification.

 

This Poll was conducted on The Veterans Network Twitter page.

 

This Poll was conducted on The Veterans Network Facebook Members Group

 

 

These voting polls which we created on social media, sparked several opposing opinions on the matter.

 

Fellow Veterans commenting on Veterans Network’s social media feed.

 

There has not yet been any mention of privileges or benefits to be associated with the V-ID Card. Would it not be fair to give a little back to those who volunteered to serve? So we are still left with the question; what is the true purpose of this new Veterans ID Card?

Being formally acknowledged in society and by our government in this new form, is at least, a move forward. Although, how do you actually qualify for this V-ID card and what makes you a Veteran?

 

Once again, we asked our fellow Veterans to voice their thoughts and opinions on this very question.

 

This Poll was conducted on The Veterans Network Facebook Members Group.

 

This Poll was conducted on The Veterans Network Twitter page.

 

These voting polls clearly display there is, surprisingly, a clear divide within the Veteran community in regards to when an ex-serviceman or woman should be rightfully branded as a Veteran.

 

Fellow Veterans commenting on Veterans Network’s social media feed.

 

After taking these views into account, we believe if an individual meets the required standards of the British Armed Forces by completing the necessary basic training to deploy, then this is sufficient enough to qualify as a Veteran. In our opinion, it doesn’t matter what circumstances that service comes to an end; if the person has completed training and is prepared to deploy, you are a Veteran of Her Majesties Armed Forces.

Although it is unclear as to what benefits will come with this new Veterans ID Card, we believe you should be proud to hold the title of Veteran and be proud of this community you are a part of.

 

Written by Jamie R Kennedy

Co-Founder of Veterans Network.

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