Organisations back scheme to support armed forces

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Public bodies and contractors in Sheffield have added their names to a commitment to help members of the armed forces.

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Amey, Remploy, Capita and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have signed up to the Community Covenant scheme.

The covenant is already backed by Sheffield Council - and was created in 2011.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: ”The Community Covenant recognises that members of our Armed Forces sacrifice civilian freedoms, face danger and, sometimes, suffer serious injury or death as a result of their duty.

“Those who serve in the armed forces should not face any disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.

“We have a moral obligation to the members of the services and their families. They deserve our respect, support and fair treatment and it is encouraging to see more businesses and organisations signing up to the covenant.”

The covenant ensures that organisations ‘recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community’.

Organisations supporting the covenant are committed to ‘providing help and advice’ to assist former service personnel reintegrating into civilian life

The council’s commitments include giving priority for housing, while the NHS will also recognise specialist demands, such as stress counselling.