Honour our Armed Forces say Conservatives
4th November 2007
As another Armistice Sunday draws near this is the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It is the time also to make sure that our service personnel who are risking their lives today are given proper care and support if they are injured and financial support for their families if they are killed in service. This is what the Military Covenant Campaign instigated by the Royal British Legion is all about.
Andrew Griffiths, Conservative hopeful to represent the Uttoxeter and Burton constituency said,
"People who sign up to join the Armed Services are prepared to put their life on the line for their country. In return they should be certain that they and their family will be looked after appropriately. It is clear to me that in certain areas the Government is not honouring its Covenant with the serving and ex-Service communities. "
Andrew added, "Service men and women injured in conflict are coming back to inadequate and inappropriate hospital care. When we read of the tragic loss of life in Iraq and Afghanistan it is only the tip of the iceberg, and that many more of our brave young people are coming home with their bodies and their lives shattered".
Andrew is supporting the British Legion campaign to get a fairer deal for service people, and is urging residents in Uttoxeter and Burton to write to the Prime Minister and register their anger at the neglect currently being shown.
Andrew highlighted the major betrayal of our armed services as:
Service personnel are not getting the standard of health care they are entitled to receive, and are forced onto normal wards rather than military ones.
With the introduction of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme the Government has eroded some of the additional support afforded under the Military Covenant.
A lack of support for bereaved families, both emotional and financial.
A failure to provide severely wounded personal with the lifetime support they will need.
Andrew added, "The nation owes a duty of care to the men and women serving in our Armed Forces, who are prepared to make great sacrifices for the security of our nation. Despite the rhetoric, the Government is failing in this duty."
Andrew urged people to write to the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street, London supporting a fair deal for our service personel.
A sample letter for people to reproduce can be found at: