Council’s promise to forces family
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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