Shadow Defence Minister meets Preston Veterans(November 12, 2014)
Shadow Defence Minister, Gemma Doyle MP met Preston Military Veterans to discuss the recent Remembrance events, the Military Covenant and future plans for Veterans of military service.
The Military Covenant is a mutual obligation between the nation and its Armed Forces to provide adequate safeguards, rewards and compensation for military personnel who risk their lives in obedience to military orders.
Mark Hendrick said: “Gemma Doyle is an up and coming dynamic political figure on Labours front bench. She is here today to listen to military veterans to hear about their views on the recent Remembrance events and the way in which veterans are treated once they have left active service in the military. Recent commemorations have highlighted over a hundred years of deaths of people who have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for this country, and it is only right and fitting that those survivors of those conflicts as well as veterans who have left the military are treated with dignity and respect. In addition, it is important that veterans receive proper treatment through good access to housing, public services and special medical care when required”.
Shadow Defence Minister Gemma Doyle said: “I have been visiting BAE Systems today at Warton to see the state of the art military aircraft that are produced here in Lancashire and I am impressed at how Lancashire people have developed high quality defence equipment over many generations. However, it also essential that we remember those who have given many years of service in the defence of this country, and therefore, I am taking time out today to meet with veterans in Preston to listen to their views on recent events and how they see the future.”
Ms Doyle met with representatives from the Armed Forces Group who provide practical advice and guidance for current service personnel, as well as veterans and their dependants of all ages; backgrounds and military services; Business in the Community and the Local Heroes Foundation – a charity that helps people who have served in the armed forces and are now suffering from either physical disabilities due to injury, mental disabilities or both.