Saturday, 17 September 2011

Support for bereaved Armed Forces families

I attended an event at the House of Commons organised by The Royal British Legion to highlight the importance of supporting bereaved Armed Forces families.

It was very informative about the Legion’s work to improve the welfare of the Armed Forces family in the local area and more pressingly, the Legion’s concern that the Government should support bereaved Armed Forces families by appointing a Chief Coroner to improve investigations into deaths of Service personnel.

I was pleased to meet John Hardiman, our local Region Manager and offer my full support for Armed Forces families in the area. The Legion does very important welfare work for some of my most vulnerable constituents in both the serving and ex-Service communities. It is vital that we, as a nation, are there for those serving in current conflicts, and especially for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I was grateful for the opportunity to learn more about how, in its 90th anniversary year, the Legion stands shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve, including bereaved Armed Forces families. They deserve as much support as we can give them.

John Hardiman, the Legion’s County Manager for Cumbria, Isle of Man and Lancashire, said, “It was great to see MP’s concerned about the work the Legion does. We really appreciated Graham making the time to drop in. Many people don’t realise that we spend nearly £1.4 million a week on helping both the serving and the ex-Service communities, including their families, so we were delighted to tell MP's about the range of services we provide. The Legion is currently celebrating its 90th Anniversary Year, and campaigning for the Armed Forces family is as important to us now as it was in 1921. Our main campaign at the moment is calling on the Government to do all they possibly can for bereaved Armed Forces families, specifically by appointing a Chief Coroner to spearhead reform of the inquest system.”


For further information, please contact:
John Hardiman
County Manager Cumbira, Isle of Man and Lancashire
01257 244699
jhardiman@britishlegion.org.uk

NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy - www.britishlegion.org.uk.

The event was held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th September 2011.