Milestone 10th anniversary for Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed yesterday (Wednesday 16 March) a decade since its introduction in February 2012.
Over 50 organisations have signed or committed to sign the covenant, including the chairman and the leader of Gloucestershire County Council, the six district councils, local NHS leaders, Military Charities, representatives from the VCS sector and Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Representatives from Gloucestershire’s three military bases at Imjin, Beachley and the Duke of Gloucester Barracks were also present to pledge their support.
The updated covenant brings together many other organisations, such as town and parish councils and newly reformed health and social care partners, reinforcing the intention to help all those who have served our country.
The community covenant presents an opportunity for organisations to bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to members of the armed forces community.
The agreement makes it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the Ministry of Defence, from statutory providers like the county council and from the charitable and voluntary sector.
The scheme is intended to be a two-way arrangement and the armed forces community are encouraged to do as much as they can to support their community and promote activity which integrates the service community into civilian life.
Cllr Andrew Gravells, Armed Forces Champion for Gloucestershire County Council said: “I am delighted to see such a diverse number of organisations confirm their commitment to the armed forces community covenant as it reaches this fantastic milestone.
“Together we will do all we can to support our veterans, as well as serving military personnel, both while they are in service and as they move into civilian life.
“We must never forget those who make the ultimate sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to protect our country, our liberty and our freedom”