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Ex-servicemen and women to receive support in Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 12:38 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:05 04 May 2016

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Several Kent councils have supported a bid to provide the project

Gravesham Borough Council is leading a bid to set up an armed forces support group known as Basecamp Kent, funded by the multi-million pound MoD Convenant Fund.

The council submitted the £17,000 bid to provide support services for former members of the armed forces who have returned home.

Medway Council, Shepway District Council and Royal British Legion Industries have all committed their support to the project.

As part of the funding bid, the partners set out that support would be provided for securing employment, as well offering support through financial matters, health and wellbeing and providing provision for issues affecting members of the armed forces.

Leader of Gravesham council John Cubitt said: “This reaffirms our commitment to our armed forces locally and as part of the wider Kent Covenant. We are pleased to have brought on board other local organisations and hope to take this further within both the public and private sectors.

The Covenant is a promise to members of the armed forces that they and their families will be treated fairly.

Cllr Cubitt continued: “All too often members of the services face particular difficulties in meeting the criteria to qualify for help, benefits, housing and employment due to the nature of their duties.

“This compact aims to remove those problems and, where appropriate, positively discriminates in their favour. We all owe a debt to our military especially in these uncertain times. This covenant is a solemn recognition of that debt and shows our desire to redress the balance for these vital men and women.”

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