NOTE FOR GRAMMAR NAZIS: THE TITULAR LACK OF POSSESSIVE APOSTROPHE IS DELIBERATE & ACCEPTED IN THIS INSTANCE.
Introduced in 2004 to recognise regular and volunteer reserve service in HM Armed Forces, the Veterans' Badge was initially issued upon request to those who had served during or before WW2, but this was soon expanded to include all service subsequent to 1945.
The badge was met with mixed opinion, with some expressing the view that it was a political gesture and an unwanted one at that. Others welcomed it... and added it to their already burgeoning collection of lapel badges - effectively making the Veterans' Badge pointless and unnoticeable amongst the other self-purchased clutter.
Another viewpoint is that the launch of the badge was a wasted opportunity to introduce a I Haven't Got a Medal Medal - in effect, a cheap and nasty cop out that pretty much nailed the coffin lid shut for those who yearn medallic recognition for the wilderness years spent tossing it off in BAOR, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Belize and Aldershot. Oh dear, how sad... never mind.
Should you wish to acquire one of these finely-produced pieces of jewelery then they can be obtained either here or here. It should be noted however, that six weeks in the cadets is not qualification for the badge, as is service in the following organisations:
THE VETERANS BADGE IS NEITHER AN HONOUR, DECORATION OR AWARD. IT IS MERELY AN OFFICIAL TOKEN OF SERVICE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. IT IS NOT AWARDED BY THE CROWN. IT DOES NOT ENTITLE THE WEARER TO DISCOUNT GOODS OR SERVICES, FREE TRAVEL, FAST-TRACK HEALTHCARE, GUARANTEED SEATS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, UNLIMITED TAX BREAKS, CHEAP RATE HUMPS AT THE MASSAGE PARLOUR AND UNHINDERED PASSAGE THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY. FOR THAT YOU NEED TO BE A POLITICIAN.