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The Forces Net have recently posted an article about the Veterans ID Cards which will be launched under Phase 2 from January 2024. This affects all personnel that transitioned to Veteran status before December 2018.

The following link Veteran ID cards: All you need to know from application process to benefits and more ( takes you to the News article which has been repeated below for ease with the key areas in bold.

National Secretary
December 2023

It is a year since I took over the reins from my predecessor, and I am pleased to report that the shrinkage of membership has been reversed, with more applications being processed as I write. Many Branches are thriving – but sadly others have found that they can no longer survive. Behind the loss of these Branches is a combination of lowering member numbers, the age of remaining members and – perhaps the overriding factor - a lack of willingness to take on the posts required to keep Branches viable. This is a problem experienced by other Associations and the Royal British Legion. Apart from recruiting new members, the remedy rests with stepping up to the plate and volunteering to take on positions within your Branches and I must encourage you all to think about this. Use it or lose it!

The annual Christmas visit to our Chelsea pensioners took place on Tuesday 12 December 2023. Visiting some of our Pensioners was Brig Robin Simpson (2023 Rep Col Comdt & Association President), Maj Marie Ellis (Regtl Sec RAMC) and WO1 James Loy (RAMC Rep Sgt Maj).

The most recent Westminster Abbey Turning of the Pages (TOP) Ceremony took place on Saturday 2 December 2023 and was undertaken by members of 254 Medical Regiment which are based in Cambridge.

National Secretary
October 2023

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.