VETERANS & SUPPORTERS UNITED
Veterans and Supporters United have been raising awareness of the persecuted Op Banner Veterans. The article below should answer most questions about our campaign
Focused on Soldiers A-Z.
Veterans & Supporters United is comprised of individuals who have come together to give love and support to HM Armed Forces Veterans who are facing prosecution in relation to their duties during Op Banner. This was the codename for the UK Government’s response to what is referred to as “the Northern Ireland Troubles”.
We are not affiliated to any other grouping, or political stance. Our members have a broad selection of experience from many walks of life. We have no single leader we work together as equals.
I was asked a question the other day. “What are our group’s core values?”
First & foremost its in the name!
UNITED – we, in this group, are united in our belief that the continued persecution & prosecution of our Armed Forces Veterans is not only completely wrong, but it’s still going ahead! This is despite assurances and repeated promises from various groups, political institutions, and the government!
Yet each, and every day, Veterans & their families are going through hell – many cases are at various stages. Some are already in the Court System at the early trial stage. This has largely been unnoticed by the public because of a virtual UK Media Blackout ( Denial ) & secondly the general public, like many Veterans, wrongly believed that the issues of “the Troubles” ended with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 – over 20 years ago.
VETERANS – many within our group are Veterans. They hail from various Arms of Service, Regiments, Corps & regions of the UK & beyond. As Veterans it is only right that we stand up for each other.
SUPPORTERS – we have many members who are from military family backgrounds, and people from the wider general public who appreciate the service of the Armed Forces. They have all awoken to the fact that “sheep are being led by the wolves” and they want to stand against the unjust persecution & prosecution of our Armed Forces & Veterans. Without supporters no Veteran would have a friend.
How we came up with the flag design;
– these men are the main focus.
without you guys, and girls we wouldn’t have the love, support, and voice that’s needed.
– we are all together, as one, united in our belief and stance.
Why the two cap badges on our flag?
– Firstly, the Parachute Regiment badge; this Regiment has the highest profile at the moment with soldiers A, C and F.
– The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) badge – this Regiment was on the front line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the Army’s operation in Northern Ireland. The UDR badge is on the flag to reflect the regard deserved by its Veterans for their sacrifice in the defence of their community.
Why soldiers A-Z?
It started with soldier F, of the Bloody Sunday enquiry. It was soon apparent that the problem facing Veterans was much bigger. Currently there are several cases, and many Coroners Inquests scheduled, which could lead to further Veteran prosecutions. The phrase “Supports Soldiers A-Z” shows our support for any persecuted Veteran.
Why the Northern Ireland Emblem?
Northern Ireland was at the heart of the conflict. It is also where the Veterans are being persecuted & prosecuted. Not on the Mainland, but in a Northern Ireland Court. By a British Judge, on British soil!
What is our Aim?
To hold pop-up protests and rallies, throughout the UK, at times and places of our choosing.
To liaise with other groups, with the the same Veteran related objectives.
To put “ boots on the ground” where it matters – in the Northern Ireland Courts, standing firmly behind any Veteran on trial – so that they know that they have support at their back – to make the Courtroom less hostile.
To hold those that represent us to account for their failings over Veteran prosecutions. This will be by lobbying them and inviting them to stand with us in support of our Veterans.
We remain dignified at all times and those that stand with us at protests do so freely and with one aim – our Veterans.
We ask that anyone attending does so with pride & dignity – no speeches needed – only Military flags / Banners & the Union flag to be displayed.
Those that attend the courts should wear smart-casual dress and maintain dignity at all times. Remember to keep personal security in mind, always!
This is how and why we have become who we are – United we stand . If we didn’t who would ?
OUR FRIEND - OUR COMRADE - OUR WARRIOR - OUR HERO
" GONE FROM OUR SIGHT , BUT NEVER OUR HEARTS "
MEET THE KEY TEAM
Our amazing team is the life force behind our grouping. From organizing events and pickets to managing new campaigns, they help us do it all. They demonstrate the importance of coming together to achieve something truly great as a team.
This of course is not solely down to them - They are simply the face of VASU - We have a dedicated Team ! like our Admin all are strictly volunteers behind not only each admin but also behind the scenes working tirelessly to ensure this plight gets the traction it deserves .
The real working behind VASU is YOU
SAS Hero brings a wealth of Expertise , Leadership & Most Important knowledge from a wide range of arenas & Rusty is the face of VASU having been a close friend of the late Dennis Hutchings & continues with Dennis's Wishes & is one of the Leaders of VASU
Billy being an Ex 4/7 - RDG Dragoon Guard Veteran he brings a wealth of experience in recce and all the skills this brings in Team Building , Planning , hands on & is one of the originators of VASU He also runs our Northern Branch Admin
Brenda is the face of Team VASU NI Branch - as an Ex Greenfinch attached to 9UDR Brenda brings a valued range of skills to the Team and is closely attached to both Carrickfergus RBL & Carrickfergus UDR Veterans Association amongst other roles - Brenda is the Main NI Admin
Becky is our Biker Liaison Admin & also our Merchandiser - She brings valued experience in running a team & has great organisational skills - Becky also helps with as Midlands Branch
Lynn is our Main Liaison Admin alongside Stan with our Gurkha Comrades . Lynn plays a key role running our London Branch & brings a compassion & welfare aspect to Team VASU
Alongside Lynn is Young GUN ALEX who brings joy to all Veterans & is a key Admin within the Team
Helen is a Key Member of the NI Branch Admin Team. This remarkable lady always puts others needs before her own as seen recently with the trial of the late Dennis Hutchings . Helen alongside Raymond , Ray , Pat , Elsie to name a few are regulars when it comes to pickets & spreading the awareness of the Soldier A - z plight.
COLIN & DOROTHY
Colin is a proud Veteran Having served with the Gordon Highlanders & his lovely wife Dorothy who is always by his side - This duo go above and beyond in there support of our OP Banner Veterans with Colin also having served in Northern Ireland . They are both key Admin in NI Branch
Paula a Navy Wren Veteran & brings Team Leadership Skills to Team VASU alongside many things Paula takes part in many Veteran Events including Charity Events. Paula is also our Southern Branch Admin with the help of Andy
Phil is an Ex Combatant & has close links within Northern Ireland - he also brings strength to team VASU from his experiences - his brother is also a key player and Ex SAS , Phil helps run the Midlands Branch
Chris who's Family stem from 9UDR with him being a Grandson , Nephew & Son of 9UDR Soldier's & Veterans is also a Dragoon Guards Veteran Himself , Chris maintains close links with the Carrickfergus UDR Veterans Association & is alongside Billy the creator of VASU - Chris although not an Admin within the group plays a key part being the liaison between Soldiers A - Z , Families & is in touch with various political associates to the grouping , his artistic expertise helps greatly with the Merchandise Admin and makes the contact with the groupings suppliers - Chris acts in the background role alongside other volunteers & liaises with Dave , Rusty , Billy & Cyril
Craig a Veteran himself from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps is a Key Player on the Mainland , This gent of a man is out weekly around his local area mustering support for the plight of Soldiers A - Z
Denise is a Veteran of the Army Catering Corps alongside her husband John also from the same Regiment Together they run the Scottish Branch. Denise is in the process of setting up a soup kitchen for Veterans & is in preps to do a ride for Veterans from Scotland to Lands end . Denise is no stranger to awareness pickets travelling the country to do so.