Lest we forget . . .


As Somerset prepares for Remembrance Sunday, local health and care leaders are taking the opportunity to remind us of the support and assistance available to those who have served and their families.

Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Somerset has a long and proud association with the Armed Forces. As part of our commitment under the Armed Forces Covenant, we are dedicated to making sure those who have served receive fair treatment in their day-to-day lives and are not disadvantaged.”

“All year round NHS and social care services in Somerset support Veterans and their families to have choice over their care. They also work closely with other organisations to make sure the right services and support are available when needed, to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing.

“We should celebrate the ongoing contribution of key voluntary organisations like the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Combat Stress, each of whom deliver an invaluable service to Veterans.

The Veterans’ Gateway is a ‘one-stop shop’ for advice and support for Veterans and their families.  It covers not only health and care services but also employment, finance and debt, housing and relationships. Callers will be put in contact with the organisation best placed to provide them with advice and support. To contact the Veterans’ Gateway, call 0808 8021212 or text 81212.

Councillor Rod Williams, Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, added: “The Government’s Veterans Strategy is that every Veteran and their family should be Valued, Contributing and Supported.  When we remember those who lost their lives serving our country, let us also remember those who came home. Many do not need any support, but some do. Let us remember, value and support them all.”

For further information about the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/forcescovenant