Help for ex-ser­vice­men

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have ap­pointed an armed forces and vet­eran cham­pion.

Coun­cil­lor Jackie Burns has taken on the role, which in­volves en­sur­ing no mem­ber of the armed forces, ser­vice fam­ily mem­ber or vet­eran faces dis­ad­van­tage when ac­cess­ing ser­vices and sup­port.

Coun­cil­lor Burns will also put into place plans to mark Armed Forces Day on June 25.

Coun­cil­lor Burns said: “I am de­lighted to take on the role of the coun­cil’s armed forces and vet­eran cham­pion.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant that we of­fer sup­port to peo­ple who in many cases may have put their lives on the line for our coun­try – and for me there is no greater hon­our than that.

“The pub­lic may per­ceive a vet­eran to be some­one who is old and in­deed many ex-ser­vice per­son­nel do not con­sider them­selves to be veter­ans.

“How­ever, whether you are 19 or 90 and have served in the Armed Forces you are classed as a vet­eran.

“It’s a role which I am proud to have been ap­pointed to and I will do my ut­most to en­sure all armed forces per­son­nel and veter­ans re­ceive the care and ad­vice they de­serve.”

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