Have Your Say: Work help would be first step
THE Evening Post (Oct 7) approached the question "Can we do more for our Armed Forces?"
There are a number of agencies who work hard for members and their families, who have served, or are serving in the Forces to-day.
The War Widows Association fight for the rightful benefits of those families left behind, whilst the Royal British Legion, SSAFA continually strive to provide benefits, with Help for Heroes ably provide the funding for the all important medical provision.
So how else can we help?
I suggest that there is an urgent need for those who have served, are able bodied, but are now returning to civilian life. These are the ones where there is no real help, or sufficient guidance. During my magistrate days, it saddened me to see some of those former servicemen come through the court system, because they had no help or direction when leaving the services.
The answer is not simple, yet it is not expensive. The Welsh Assembly Government could make the first move by appointing a person, who would be tasked to approach companies throughout Wales, to provide a percentage of their work force for ex-service personnel. These servicemen and women are disciplined and can multi task.
There are many companies who would benefit from having former service persons working for them, they are prepared to work at all levels. A list of employers can be collated by the WAG, especially from those companies who have contracts with the various authorities, including the WAG.
Phillip E Sillick
(Voluntary) Regional Officer War Widows Association of Great Britain South West Wales Area