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City's pledge to armed forces to be renewed

Swansea Council and its partners will reaffirm a pledge to give fair support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Armed Forces

A ceremony is taking place in the Guildhall on May 14 to refresh the Armed Forces Community Covenant which was drawn up in 2012.

Since then many other organisations have joined the signatories panel where members receive regular updates and information which can benefit veterans and families they are in contact with.

The meetings also give a valuable opportunity to network and for organisations new to the armed forces community to learn about the mutual support available.

The Lord Mayor of Swansea David Phillips and the Council's Armed Forces Champion June Burtonshaw will reaffirm the council's pledge and invite other organisations to join them including many of those who did not commit to the original document in 2012.

The covenant will pledge that the Council, its partners and the wider community will co-ordinate help and assistance to the armed forces, veterans and their families in areas such as housing, education, health care, child support, and environmental challenges.

For its part, the military will develop support for local communities through events, charity support and community projects. 

Cllr Burtonshaw said: "Members of the armed forces are risking their lives for their country every day. Veterans from past conflicts and their families throughout the city need our support and help too.

"The aim is to give them fair treatment. There's already lots of help out there both locally and nationally. The covenant signatories panel helps to co-ordinate the information and support to make it easier for them to access services and support.

"Swansea has a proud tradition of supporting the armed forces and this reinforces our relationship."

The signing takes place in the Lord Mayor's Reception Room at the Guildhall on May 14 at 2.15pm.

 

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