MP pledges support for armed forces and their families

GEOFFREY Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon has pledged to do whatever he could to help the Armed Forces family as part of the British Legion s Do Your Bit campaign.  The campaign, which focuses on the need to support veterans and their families, is

GEOFFREY Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon has pledged to do whatever he could to help the Armed Forces family as part of the British Legion's "Do Your Bit" campaign.

The campaign, which focuses on the need to support veterans and their families, is calling for the improvement of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, the provision of independent legal advice to bereaved Armed Forces families during inquests, and NHS priority treatment for veterans with injuries caused by Service in the Armed Forces.

Mr Cox said:: "Every day, the men and women of our Armed Forces make huge personal sacrifices for us, and so do their families. When we send people out to fight and potentially die in our name, our part of the bargain is to make sure that they and their families are properly looked after. Yet at present, there is not enough support for service personnel and their families, whether in or out of service, by the MoD."

"It is a shameful fact that 38 per cent of veterans live in extreme poverty, 75 per cent of veterans live on an income of less than �10,000 a year, and 10 per cent of the prison population have served in the armed forces.

"Many people leave the services and enter civilian life with no experience of having to pay utility bills or running their own homes. Charities such as The British Legion, Help for Heroes and Combat Stress do a marvellous job, but Government could do much more to help veterans and their families.

"It is for this reason that I am proud to sign the British Legion's pledge to 'do my bit'. Politicians of all Parties should do whatever they can to support the people who have served our country so bravely.

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