OPINION: a tonic for the troops

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When our troops are on the frontline, their lives at risk in the most challenging of terrains, they are the focus of attention.

The daily news reports must cause anguish for their relatives as they watch history unfold with their loved ones playing a key role.

There will be tragedy and when that awful moment comes, the nation rightly mourns the fallen.

When the troops return home, there is a richly deserved fanfare as we give thanks to our heroes.

No country can match the pomp and circumstance of our state occasions.

But what happens to those who return home injured, traumatised or jobless?

Their civilian life attracts little attention but can be the biggest challenge for them and us a society.

Which is why we today pay tribute to two employers, Remploy and Chesterfield Special Cylinders.

Both are giving veterans from across South Yorkshire a way back into work.

Remploy, the specialist employment firm, has stepped up efforts to help former servicemen who had to leave the Armed Forces back into employment.

The Sheffield branch has given support to 30 people, while bosses in Doncaster have also signed up to community covenants, promising to given special recognition to veterans.

At the same time, Chesterfield Special Cylinders is providing work placements for soldiers from Fourth Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

This is important because it means those who sacrificed so much for their country are not then abandoned. Too many times in the past, former servicemen and women have been forgotten.

So it is right and proper that we should continue to support these people, which is why these companies’ efforts deserve recognition.

Success stories in helping ex-soldiers find a new use for their considerable skills are ones we can all share in.

These people should be given another chance – it’s one they richly deserve and one which we owe them.