Author: By Kim Sengupta
Recognition of the families comes at the end of a campaign by veterans groups. A senior defence source told The Independent: “This is something we have been discussing for a while. This does break with tradition but we felt that this was the right thing to do. We expect that this will now become the norm for future campaigns.”
Senior officers are expected to decide if the award will become retrospective, allowing families of those killed in previous wars to receive it.
The new Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, decided to allot the medals after consulting senior officers. The decision forms part of a ministry review of the military honours system.
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