To mark Armed Forces Day on 24th June, Jenny Chapman, Member of Parliament for Darlington has called on the Government to give our Armed Forces a better deal.
Jenny said “I am delighted to support our Forces, serving personnel and Veterans and their families, on Armed Forces Day. It’s wonderful that we have a day that recognises the hard work and bravery of the forces community but of course we need to be supporting them year round and the Government must ensure that our Armed Forces are getting a good deal on pay, welfare, housing and services.
Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence said “Our servicemen and women stand up for us every day, it’s especially important that we stand up for them on Armed Forces Day.
“Satisfaction with Service life has dropped every year since 2009 and the number of personnel leaving the Forces is worryingly high. It’s time the Tories show our personnel they are valued and invest in them. The Government needs to get a grip of this problem and take action now.”
Darlington’s ‘Veterans Champion’, Veronica Copeland, said “As someone who works with our Veterans all year round, it is fantastic to see them have a day dedicated to them on Armed Forces Day. Too many of our Veterans end up as homeless, living on the streets especially in our cities. They need that extra bit of help and support to deal with additional problems resulting from their military service and that needs to be properly funded by the government
Jenny is pictured with the Hon. Admiral Lord Alan West, a decorated veteran of both the Falklands & Iraq conflicts and former senior security advisor to the UK Government.