I am one of a number of Ex Servicemen that would like to see something positive done for current and future Service people in the UK.
What a Diamond Jubilee Medal could really mean.
It is highly likely that a certain number of Diamond Jubilee medals will be issued as a gift, as was done with the Silver and Gold Jubilee medals. If simply done to the same format as previously it is likely to leave an enormous number of people out in the cold however and that will once again bitterly disappoint far too many people.
What ought to be done is this. Set up the Diamond Jubilee Medal so that it can be purchased by those that have served HM the Queen in certain capacities for an agreed set period during Queen Elizabeth’s long reign. Let there be a gift issue as has been done before but let a form of the Diamond Jubilee Medal be made available to the wider public that have genuine and verifiable entitlement under the parameters properly approved of. The gift issue could have something like a milled edge or a distinguishing mark, to differentiate it from the ordinary purchasable version of this medal.
Set the purchasable medal up to cover all who would like to show their loyalty and affection. Issue a round form for the UK version and an ovate form for a Commonwealth version if required. Varying widths of the medal ribbons central colour could indicate the different types of service undertaken. For example, the Military might have the broadest version, narrower ribbon middle colour for the Police, Fire, Ambulance, with the Civil Service having a very narrow central band. This could very easily be adapted for any Commonwealth countries that wished to participate too.
The VAT component and a part of the purchase price needs to be either disbursed to valid Service Charities, or better yet, utilised to set up dedicated military hospitals in parts of the UK where all who needed the facilities as outpatients could access them without too much difficulty, the end result could well be the biggest and most popular outlay of willingly donated public money ever laid out. That this set up as envisaged would also provide first class facilities for use in the event of mass terror attacks goes without saying. That it would also provide good and very useful employment opportunities is another big plus. During quiet times, when little or no hostile frontline activity was being undertaken, the system could remain fully functional and act as a valuable adjunct to the NHS.
What finer tribute could HM the Queen ask for? The affection that the Royal family in general and HM the Queen in particular feel for the Armed Forces is widely known, is fully reciprocated and greatly appreciated. So this is a wonderful opportunity to put all of these positive attributes together in a package that will galvanise a nation. Joy for the Queen, joy for the nation and much needed help for the troops and their families, what could possibly be better than that?
The lack of facilities has caused much distress to those whose family members have returned with grievous injuries and very little available in the way of help through normal channels. So to paraphrase one of Britain’s favourite sons, why not give the people the means and let them do the job