Monthly Archives: September, 2012

“Yes Please Minister!”

“I intend to do everything I can to support you and your families.”  These were the opening words of Rt Hon Mark Francois MP newly appointed Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare & Veterans at the AFF (Army Family Federation) 30th Anniversary Conference.  In  a refreshingly open and honest way, Mr Francois gave the …

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Should the MoD be buying up land in Scotland or paying soldiers their pensions?

An article in today’s Sunday Times suggests the MoD is looking to purchase a controversial piece of land in the Highlands of Scotland, against, it would appear, the will of local people. In my opinion, the MoD would do well to use any extra pennies they seem to have now found stashed down the back of …

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Early withdrawal from Afghanistan? Early redundancy for soldiers?

Articles in the The Times and Telegragh today have Mr Hammond talking about early withdrawal from Afghanistan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9542466/Philip-Hammond-British-troops-could-withdraw-from-Afghanistan-before-2014.html At the same time as considering the future of the Afghan people, Mr Hammond should be considering and supporting the future of the service men and women who have risked their lives time and again for his …

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Why won’t the MoD do the right thing?

Why won’t the MOD do the right thing and change the policy that sees war hardened, experienced soldiers, discharged from the Army days before their immediate pension points? The ‘unpensionables’, who are all being made compulsory redundant within 1 year of their immediate pension points, are being denied the financial security on which they have …

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British Broadcasting Services- Call for rethink over officer pensions

Please see below link for BFBS report  on pensions issue broadcast for first time, 6th September 2012 http://www.bfbs.com/news/navy/call-rethink-over-officer-pensions-60225.html please sign the petition and get the issue reviewed: http://change.org/pensionjusticefortroops Could Lord Ashcroft , the new Tsar for Veterans, lend assistance to the campaign for Pension Justice for Troops???? 6 September 2012 | UK  By James Hirst 

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Army pension injustice must be reversed, MPs urge

MPs are to urge the Defence Secretary to reverse a policy that has cost some servicemen hundreds of thousands of pounds after they were made redundant before qualifying for an early pension. Members of the Commons Defence Select Committee will appeal to Philip Hammond as nine out of eleven majors, whose plight was reported by …

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