Cor­byn’s ‘so­cial con­tract’ vow to vet­er­ans

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JEREMY Cor­byn has pledged a bet­ter deal for vet­er­ans if Labour takes power.

Mr Cor­byn used the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War to out­line a “so­cial con­tract” with the men and women who have served the UK in the armed forces.

The Labour leader said the pack­age of poli­cies would help vet­er­ans with men­tal health is­sues, hous­ing and re­train­ing.

Mr Cor­byn said: “On Re­mem­brance Sun­day, we com­mem­o­rate all those killed in war as we strive for a world of peace.

“We must also think of our vet­er­ans and the shock­ing lack of sup­port far too many re­ceive.

“Let to­day spur us into ac­tion, to give our vet­er­ans the se­cu­rity and sup­port they de­serve with a new so­cial con­tract for vet­er­ans.

“The next Labour gov­ern­ment will guar­an­tee armed forces per­son­nel the op­por­tu­nity to have a home, to heal and to re­train when they com­plete their time in ser­vice.

“We will do the right thing by end­ing the scourge of rough sleep­ing and help­ing vet­er­ans em­bark on new ca­reers.

“The psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of war can be dev­as­tat­ing.

“While many or­gan­i­sa­tions do fan­tas­tic work to give men­tal health sup­port, char­ity alone is not enough.

“If some­one is suf­fer­ing from PTSD, this should be treated as se­ri­ously as a phys­i­cal in­jury.

“We must hon­our our com­mit­ments to those who served in our armed forces.”

Labour’s shadow de­fence sec­re­tary Nia Grif­fith said: “In spite of the best ef­forts of many of those work­ing in the sec­tor, too many vet­er­ans are still not get­ting the sup­port that they need.

“The Gov­ern­ment’s lon­gover­due vet­er­ans strat­egy needs to be far reach­ing and prop­erly funded.

“It must strengthen the tran­si­tion phases and im­ple­ment proper joined-up think­ing to en­sure that no vet­eran who needs sup­port falls through the net.

“And it needs to put in the fund­ing so that lo­cal coun­cils and health providers can im­ple­ment the Armed Forces Covenant con­sis­tently and ef­fec­tively, to en­sure that vet­er­ans get the em­ploy­ment, hous­ing and health sup­port that they are en­ti­tled to.”

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