Nick Harvey meets SW armed forces charity reps
Nick Harvey MP has met local representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL) to discuss the welfare of the North Devon service community.
At an event in the Houses of Parliament, Nick spoke to RBL’s Team Leader for the South West Sue Archard.
The Legion’s recent household survey of the ex-Service community revealed that veterans are more likely than other citizens to be unemployed, have higher rates of alcohol dependency, or to experience back pain and limb problems.
The Legion is helping to meet this need through a range of services, including independent money and benefits advice services and online training.
Nick said: “I was very pleased to meet my local Royal British Legion Team Leader. Sue made it clear that the Legion’s work extends well beyond the Remembrance period.
“Providing assistance to members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job.
“As a nation, it is vital that we honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I am proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion.
“In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, which of course gave birth to the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance and hope, I was reminded that the work of the Legion remains as important as ever for our Armed Forces community; whether that’s honouring the memory of the fallen or building a better future for the living”.
Sue Archard, the Legion’s team leader for Devon and Cornwall, said: “It was great to see Nick; we really appreciated him taking the time to drop in. As a result of the public’s ongoing support and generosity, The Royal British Legion was able to answer more than 200,000 calls for help last year from the Armed Forces community.
“Most people don’t realise the extent of our direct welfare support for Serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, nor the research and campaigning that we do on their behalf, so we were delighted to tell Nick about the range of things that we do to help these people live on.”
(from a press release)