Community support for the armed forces

SIGNING UP: Pictured at the signing of the Angus Community Covenant with the Armed Forces are, from left:- back: Garry Malone, Col .Jake Hensman (chairman Dundee & Angus Branch SSAFA), Earl Russell (welfare officer, RBLS) and Peter Nield (Angus Council veteran champion); front ' Lt. Col. Richard Chadwick, Angus Provost Ruth Leslie-Melville and Sandy Watson, chairman of NHS Tayside. 'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

SIGNING UP: Pictured at the signing of the Angus Community Covenant with the Armed Forces are, from left:- back: Garry Malone, Col .Jake Hensman (chairman Dundee & Angus Branch SSAFA), Earl Russell (welfare officer, RBLS) and Peter Nield (Angus Council veteran champion); front ' Lt. Col. Richard Chadwick, Angus Provost Ruth Leslie-Melville and Sandy Watson, chairman of NHS Tayside. 'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

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AN armed forces community covenant between Angus Council, Angus College, NHS Tayside, the voluntary sector and the civilian community of Angus and the armed forces community in Angus was signed on Thursday.

The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the Angus civilian community and its local armed forces community.

Its purpose is to encourage local communities to support the service community in their area and nurture understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

Community covenants complement the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces.

The covenant which was signed on Thursday encourages all parties within the Angus community to offer support to the local armed forces community and make it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the MOD, from statutory providers and from the charitable and voluntary sector.

The scheme is intended to be a two-way arrangement and the armed forces community are encouraged to do as much as they can to support their community and promote activity which integrates the service community into civilian life.