One of the marks of any civilised nation is the way it supports and respects those who fight for their country, their families and its veterans.
Local councils have a long and lasting relationship with our armed forces, and its people are deeply grateful to our servicemen and women for their commitment, service and sacrifice for our country. The armed forces are an integral part of who we are as a nation, and an inspiration to us all.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a statement of mutual support between civilian and armed forces communities. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage communities to support in a tangible way their local service community, promote understanding of the unique circumstances of service life, and encourage activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life.
Several councils have joined forces with the Royal British Legion to enhance the support they provide to current and former members of the armed forces, whether it is offering career advice, financial assistance or help finding a home.
The LGA also endorses the best practice guide that the British Legion launched this year about Community Covenants and local government.
Best practice guide to Community Covenants
During the this year I also had the honour being a guest on board HMS Monmouth, during a training exercise prior to the Type 23 frigate's deployment to the Gulf. I was also pleased to be able to speak at the second annual Community Covenant conference organised by the Ministry of Defence and LGA, which too place in November. You can find out more here:
You can also find out more here on the British Legion website:
Below is a video sharing my thoughts about Community Covenants.