Coun­cil’s prom­ise to forces fam­ily

The Galloway News - - RENEWI SETTLEMENT -

Coun­cil­lors have re­it­er­ated their sup­port for the re­gion’s vet­er­ans by re-sign­ing its Armed Forces Covenant.

The covenant is a vol­un­tary state­ment of sup­port between the com­mu­nity and the armed forces, aim­ing to en­sure cur­rent and ex-ser­vice per­son­nel are not dis­ad­van­taged in ac­cess­ing pub­lic and com­mer­cial ser­vices.

It also calls for “spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion” in some cases, es­pe­cially those left in­jured or be­reaved.

The sig­na­to­ries in­clude coun­cil leader Elaine Mur­ray and deputy Rob David­son, the coun­cil’s armed forces cham­pion Archie Dry­burgh and Colonel Sandy Fitz­patrick, who rep­re­sented the armed forces.

Col Fitz­patrick said: “The re-sign­ing of this covenant clearly in­di­cates the coun­cil’s ongoing com­mit­ment to sup­port its armed forces com­mu­nity. It’s ex­cel­lent news.

“The armed forces have al­ways en­joyed a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with our com­mu­nity and this is ev­i­dence of its en­dur­ing sup­port.”

Cllr Dry­burgh added: “The coun­cil con­tin­ues to fly the forces flag with pride. We work with as many or­gan­i­sa­tions as pos­si­ble to im­prove the lives of ex-ser­vice per­son­nel. I’m de­lighted the coun­cil has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to our armed forces.”

Dr Mur­ray said: “In an in­creas­ingly com­plex and chal­leng­ing world, we rely on our armed forces to pro­tect us against a wide range of threats.

“Lo­cal men and women are at the heart of this. Our Armed Forces Covenant en­dorses our good re­la­tion­ship with the armed forces and clearly demon­strates our sup­port for cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice per­son­nel.”

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