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Nottinghamshire County Council reaffirms strategy to support military veterans and those serving

A council has reaffirmed its strategy to support military veterans and those still serving.

Nottinghamshire County Council has highlighted the community support available to all local veterans and military families, including those who served in Afghanistan, within their Armed Forces support strategy.

Keith Girling, Armed Forces champion and veteran of 18 years in the Grenadier Guards, said: “I am keen that we should never forget the sacrifice and commitment shown by the men and women who served the nation during all conflicts.

County Hall - the home of Nottinghamshire County Council. (35005084)
County Hall - the home of Nottinghamshire County Council. (35005084)

“To that end we are committed to achieving a shared vision of support and mutual benefit. We have a long history of doing this in Nottinghamshire, and it remains our duty to do so.

“Our strategy sets clear goals for the collaborative delivery of services that draws upon the wealth of experience of the public sector, Armed Forces charitable sector, businesses and other organisations which offer vital skills and knowledge.

“In accordance with the Armed Forces Covenant, the council will ensure that veterans and those serving will never be disadvantaged as a result of their service.”

Nottinghamshire County Council (47022887)
Nottinghamshire County Council (47022887)

The Armed Forces support strategy sets out clearer principles and aims which help ensure the Armed Forces community experiences a consistent approach. Increased collaboration between organisations will draw upon the expertise of all bodies to design and deliver consistent services throughout Nottinghamshire.

These include organisations like the NHS, Age UK, and the Royal British Legion, as well as more localised projects, such as breakfast clubs. The approach will be consolidated by the more effective collection and utilisation of data from the council’s customer service centre to improve veterans’ employment prospects.

Other organisations will also collect data to help those in the criminal justice system and address homelessness.

Councillor Johno Lee, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said: “Many, many veterans are suffering from mental health issues and community services provided by private firms and charities, in collaboration with Nottinghamshire County Council, will be there to help.

“There will be mixed views among our veteran community about the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, with others losing limbs and/or suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Having served there myself, I understand the depth of feeling.”

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