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Suffolk military pledge is signed

17:50 11 October 2012

Group Captain Andrew Hall from RAF Honington signs the Community Covenant at the Suffolk County Council, which is an agreement pledging support for armed forces community, their families and veterans in Suffolk.

Group Captain Andrew Hall from RAF Honington signs the Community Covenant at the Suffolk County Council, which is an agreement pledging support for armed forces community, their families and veterans in Suffolk.

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Suffolk’s links with the military were formally marked with the signing of a Military Covenant yesterday by all the county’s major local authorities.

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The authorities were joined by the commander of RAF Honington, Group Captain Andrew Hall, who signed the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant on behalf of all the area’s service personnel.

The covenant commits the authorities to support serving personnel, their families, and veterans and to work with them to make life as easy as possible for those in the military.

Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Lord Tollemache said there were 120,000 people in the county with links to the military – currently serving, with family members serving, or service veterans.

He said: “Some of our veterans are only 19 or 20 years old facing a future with life-changing injuries and it is vital that we show them that society understands and appreciates what has happened.”

Gp Capt Hall said service personnel and their families would welcome the signing of the covenant.

He said “It is hugely important.

“With our role in life it is important that we feel that the country and our own communities are behind us and supporting our work.”

Suffolk is home to thousands of service personnel at RAF Honington, Wattisham airfield and Woodbridge.

The importance of supporting service families was emphasised by a performance by the Wattisham Military Wives who entertained the guests at the county council’s Endeavour House headquarters during the signing ceremony.

The Military Covenant is part of a £30m national scheme launched by the Ministry of Defence to strengthen the bonds between the military and civilian communities. Norfolk signed its own Military Covenant in March.

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2 comments

  • They need to keep the military sweet, point du jour, they are the only guarantee to uphold their system when the proverbial hits the fan and we are in a middle of a national tax boycott or something similar.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • It would be nice to see SCC make a similar commitment to providing proper services for its council tax payers and civilian residents.

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    point du jour

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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