Steve McCabe MP has met with campaigners and local staff from The Royal British Legion to discuss support for the Armed Forces community around the country and local area.
The Royal British Legion is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, and provides welfare assistance for many thousands of veterans, serving personnel and their families. Steve attended a Legion event in Parliament to show his support for the charity’s work, and met with local area staff to discuss current issues facing the Armed Forces community.
Research from the British Legion has found that the biggest issues currently experienced by members of the UK ex-Service community include hearing loss and difficulty finding employment; among over-75s, physical health and care are among the most common problems. The Legion has successfully campaigned for a £10 million hearing loss fund and also supports career transition through its Civvy Street website and delivers practical assistance through community outreach services and six care homes. A network of 16 high street ‘Pop In’ centres has also been developed to make it easier for Veterans to seek help.
Steve McCabe MP has 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 in honouring the memory of the fallen and building a better future for the living.”
Jane Britton, the Legion’s area manager for the West Midlands, added “I was delighted that Steve McCabe took the time to drop in to the event and meet us. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans and their families. 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 Steve”.