Whilst we at VASU welcome Today’s Statement from Brandon Lewis we cautiously refrain from patting him or anyone else on the back or saying Victory !!
You may ask why - Simple !
Since 2018 when Boris Johnson first declared his running for Prime Minister 1 of his Promises was Ending the Witch -Hunt of Op Banner Veterans — In return Veterans & Supporters of Veterans Voted for Boris !
Since then we have heard rumbles of promises made & then Reneged on Time & Time again , on the 18th March 2020 Both the then Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer & Brandon Lewis both promised a draft legislation would be passed in relation to Northern Ireland Veterans in 1 Month “ VASU made a statement that day denouncing this as simple waffle having been tipped off from within the house of lords that no bill existed on paper ” The month quickly got extended to 6 months then again 12 months - in August 2021 again it was promised in 6 months then In December 2021 Brandon kicked that can once again for the 10th time until the Queens Speech in May , Now having released a statement “Remember Its Simply A Statement Until It Is Made Law & The Draft Passes Through Both The Houses Of Lords & Commons” That can has been kicked once again down the road till November 2022 as of Today giving 6 months of continued Witch Hunting by Republicans Determined to get a pound of Veteran Meat !! Giving 6 months for changes to be made over & over again
November is close to Governments Christmas Recess & if any tweaking or adjusting needs done then that Veterans can Gets kicked once again into 2023 & so on !!
As we state we sit Cautious & Watch Closely - We learned quickly when dealing with Politicians that if you bet on a Winner you often get a Donkey in return
Today we feel sorry for Victims of Republican Terrorists who have been ignored ..
Today we feel sorry for families of Security Forces Killed & Maimed by Republican Terrorists who have been left neglected to suck it up in a Government /Terrorist cover up.
Today we feel the Anger & Frustration that so many Veterans of the conflict Op Banner feel having went through hell only to be cast aside .
Today we are Angered that our UK Government deal with Convicted Terrorists in Stormont !!
In closing this blog
This fight is far from over & anyone who thinks it is nearing closure is sadly mistaken - VASU will continue to work alongside Soldiers A-Z & we continue to work closely with Dennis Hutchings Family as they not only strive to clear his name but also strive to continue his legacy & clear all Soldiers A-Z’s names !!