Veterans now working for West Sussex County Council gathered on Friday to celebrate the council’s support for the armed forces community.
The annual Armed Forces Covenant report was then presented to the full council by Cllr Debbie Kennard, county council cabinet member for safer, stronger communities.
It highlights the positive work undertaken by the council to support the armed forces community in West Sussex over the last year.
Recent examples include the Armed Forces app, which launched in January, 2019, and has now been downloaded over 600 times. The app gives serving personnel, veterans, and their families as well as public sector organisations, information about local services offering support.
Cllr Kennard said: “Some fantastic work has been taking place over the last year to support the armed forces community as this report shows.
“Here at the county council, we are committed to making sure that veterans are given the support they need and deserve.”
The council is an armed forces-friendly employer and welcomes ex-servicemen and women to apply to work. It offers a guaranteed interview to any veterans who meet the essential criteria.
The council was also one of the first councils to sign up to the Military Covenant in the South East, and now holds silver status. This is a statement of commitment to service personnel, helping veterans into civilian life.
The council is also part of Forces Connect South East, a cross-border partnership scheme with other county councils in the region.
For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant, visit: westsussex.gov.uk/leisure-recreation-and-community/supporting-local-communities/supporting-the-armed-forces-community/