British veterans from wars and conflicts around the world have lost a battle for recognition of their service to Crown and country. A decision by Ministry of Defence officials, that only some of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who served in conflicts and operations ranging from Aden and Suez to the Berlin Airlift should be awarded medals, has provoked a bitter row.
Tony Morland, co-chairman of the National Defence Medal Campaign, said: "I am, as are many thousands of others, extremely disappointed by the decisions that have made in respect of the medal review. It is completely arbitrary. The whole point of the review was to bring some consistency to how decisions are made and in that they have failed."
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The review also concludes that its decision should be the final word on the subject.
"No other historic claims for medallic recognition will now be reviewed, unless significant new evidence is produced that suggests that an injustice has been done"
BNTVA: Apart from Veterans who's lives have been shortened and riddled with illness is the injustice of seeing the heritage of their exposure to radiation causing birth defects and serious illness in their children and grandchildren significant enough?