Suffolk signs a military pledge

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Suffolk has put its support for its veterans and serving military personnel on paper by signing a Military Covenant.

Military personnel and veterans’ organisations’ representatives saw the landmark agreement signed at Endeavour House, Ipswich, pledging support for Suffolk’s serving personnel, veterans and their families in Suffolk.

The Community Covenant declares mutual support and practical help for forces personnel and their families.

It is part of a £30 million national scheme by the Ministry of Defence to boost links between military and civilian communities.

The funding supports projects such as raising GP awareness of combat stress and raising public awareness of service life and deployments overseas.

Speaking on behalf of the armed forces, RAF Honington station commander, Grp Capt Andrew Hall said: “Suffolk has always been a stalwart supporter of its local military personnel and their families, past and present.

“The signing of the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant only serves to reinforce these existing bonds.”

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee said: “We owe a great debt to the armed forces men and women who sacrifice so much for us.

“It’s therefore our duty as local authority and community leaders to ensure we provide the services and help they, and their families, need.

“I hope it will serve as reminder of what they give to this country and a poignant symbol of our sincere gratitude in return.”

Wattisham’s Military Wives’ Choir performed at the signing.