Last week, Victoria Prentis MP attended the Legions’ Parliamentary Reception to show her support for the charity’s work. During the event she met local area manager Pat Chadwick, and Advice and Information Team Leader Graeme Poulson, to discuss current issues facing the Armed Forces community. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans and their families.
The biggest issues currently experienced by working-age members of the UK ex-Service community include hearing loss, difficulty finding employment and mental health. Among over-75s, physical health and care are among the most common problems. The Legion successfully campaigned for a £10m hearing loss fund, supports career transition through its Civvy Street website and delivers practical assistance through community outreach services and six care homes.
After the event, Victoria said, “I enjoyed meeting staff from The Royal British Legion and learning more about the work being done in our local area. Members of the Armed Forces community make huge sacrifices in Service of our country and I am proud to support the work of the Legion. I know that they work closely with the Veterans Group at Heyford Park and have already invited the Defence Secretary, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, to visit. Hopefully he will be able to find time in the coming months.”
Pat Chadwick, the Legion’s local area manager, said “I was delighted to see Victoria and update her with all we are doing. This latest parliamentary event offered a great opportunity to spread the word about the range of services we provide, and it was a pleasure to discuss this in detail with Victoria”.