Archive | October, 2010

Check out the Merchandise

25 Oct

on the "Merchandise" Drop down Page under "About SAMA (82)". Photos of all items have been added and overseas prices added where they were missing.

Keep coming back to this page as new and exciting items are sourced.

All suggestions for additional merchandise are welcome and should be sent to The Secretary.

Christmas is coming – drop hints to your loved ones and family for ties, blazer badges. lapel badges, tie slides etc,

Dont forget ABS Embroidery for quality embroidered goods.
A nice new Polo Shirt, V Neck jumper, Sweat Shirt or Fleece would look good from Santa!!!

Sponsored Walk raises over Two Thousand Pounds

22 Oct

The SAMA Sponsored Walk up Pen y Fan in September has so far raised over £2000 towards the 2012 Memorial

Congratulations to all those who contributed in any way to this event on what was a very windy & wet day.

A BIG thank you to the 2 member of SAMA Wales, Steve Liversage BEM and Pete Mundy who stayed up on the summit throughout the event with the SAMA Standard

Renewing Wedding Vows

20 Oct

Mark and Kim Offord are renewing their Wedding Vows on Sunday 5th December, 2010 at 3.00 pm and are inviting Falklands Veterans to join them.

Mark stated that he and Kim met as a direct consequence of the Conflict so the Falklands Chapel was the obvious choice for them.

We all hope that they have a very enjoyable and memorable day

Christmas Cards and Calendars

15 Oct

SAMA now has Christmas Cards and 2011 Desk Calendars in stock.

The Christmas Cards are sold in packs of 10 with 2 designs, based on photographs taken by Carli Sudder (Falklands). One picture is of Mount William in the snow and the other has a Falklands penguin.

The rear of the card has a short write up on SAMA and its aims and our motto ‘From the Sea – Freedom’.

Please contact the office for more information.

Not Forgotten Association Events

11 Oct

SAMA has invites from the NFA to Christmas Lunches at St James Palace on 2nd December, Liverpool Marriott Hotel on 7th December, Glasgow on 8th December and Newcastle Marriott Hotel on 9th December.

Please contact the office for further details or to put your name forward. If you require a carer/escort then these can be accommodated at some of the events.

Tel: 01495 791592 for further details

Changes to Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

11 Oct

Following the recent review of the AFCS changes have been made from August 2010.

• The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) provides compensation for injury, illness or death predominantly caused by Service after 5 April 2005. The War Pension Scheme still compensates for injuries, illness and death related to Service before then .

• It covers all members of the UK Armed Forces, including Reservists.

• AFCS is entirely separate from personal accident cover such as PAX or SLI.

Lump Sums and Guaranteed Income Payments Eligible AFCS claimants receive a tax free lump sum of between £1,155 and £570,000 according to the seriousness of their injury or illness. Those with more serious injuries also receive a tax free index-linked income stream called the Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP), paid monthly from discharge. The GIP is an enhancement to the Armed Forces ill-health pension.

Why are things changing?The former Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral The Lord Boyce, recently conducted a wide ranging review of the scheme. The review found that whilst the scheme is fundamentally sound, adjustments are required in some areas. We are now working to implement the changes recommended by Lord Boyce as quickly as possible.

What’s changing in August 2010?

• The time limit for making a claim is extended from 5 years to 7 years.

• The time limit for claiming for ‘late onset’ illness, such as some mental health conditions, is extended from 1 year to 3 years from the date of first seeking medical help.

• Some payments for hearing loss are increased.

• The way in which the Scheme is communicated to Service personnel and their families is being improved. This bulletin is part of that. What’s changing from March 2011?

• All lump sums to increase, except the maximum award which was recently doubled to £570,000.• Increases in GIP to reflect the lasting effect of serious injuries on future promotions

• Increases in GIP to reflect the impact of injuries up to age 65 (rather than 55).• Every person who has sustained multiple injuries arising from a single incident will receive some compensation for each injury.

• The maximum award for mental illness to be increased.

• The time limit for requesting the reconsideration of a decision to be increased from 3 to 12 months.

• Seriously injured personnel will have access to independent financial advice.

• A new expert body is being created to advise on the right level of compensation to pay for certain injuries and illness that might be caused by Service, such as hearing loss and injury to genitalia.

What do I need to do?

Already received an award?Those who have already received an award under AFCS will benefit from the changes. All previous awards will be revisited and awards uplifted in line with the improvements. No action is necessary on the part of the claimant. They will be contacted and receive the additional payment by June 2012.

To make a new Claim:

• Contact the SPVA free helpline on 0800 169 2277 (overseas +44 1253 866043) to request a claim form.

• Claim forms and information for both Serving and ex-Service personnel can be found on SPVA’s website

Remembrance Day Parade 2010

8 Oct

Tickets for the above have now been sent out. Please contact the office if your ticket has not arrived. Also please contact the office if you would like a ticket for the curry lunch at the UJC.

The tickets will be sold on the day, but we need to know numbers!