May 6th 2008
Two years ago I joined an organisation called 'The Combined Armed Forces Federation',
who were attempting to fight the cause of poor bastards like me who served 12
(13) years in the Service of our wonderful country with bugger all to show for
They are releasing their campaign to the press this month (supposedly) and pressurising Westminster to recognise the claims of anyone who served 5 or more years in the Services before April 1975 and didn't qualify for a Service Pension.
I didn't think too much about it, as I thought that my pension entitlement would only amount to a fiver a week, but I emailed a 99er who left the RAF on 11th April 1975 and asked him what his Service Pension for 12 years was - and I'm now a fully paid up member of the awkward squad - as he gets £350 a month pension for his stint before the flag!!
So watch this space - I know it's probably a lost cause, and the national sport in these 'ere parts is tilting at windmills, but I'll poke at a few windmills for £350 a month.
If you think anyone else from our band of 'chaps' would be interested in tilting at a few windmills, the address for this wonderful organisation is:
The Combined Armed Forces Federation UK
2 The Cloisters
I think they are particularly looking for someone who has a detailed knowledge of the cellars of the
Houses of Parliament and has a keen interest in Fireworks.