New Armed Forces Officer takes up post

Members of the Armed Forces community in South Kesteven are to get help and support from a new, dedicated council officer.

Michelle Woolman-Lane's role as Armed Forces Officer is to support Forces personnel, reservists, veterans, service families and bereaved families in her area.

She will make sure that anyone with a connection to the Armed Forces, past or present, can access services like healthcare and education, as well as employment, training and housing.

She said: "Our Armed Forces do an incredible job under really difficult circumstances. Not only do they face real danger, risking serious injury and even their lives, in the line of duty, they also sacrifice lots of basic freedoms that civilians can often take for granted.

"It's hugely important that we do everything we can to support the Armed Forces and help them overcome any obstacles they may face as a result of military life - either while serving or afterwards.

"Families also play a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces, which is why I'm not just here to help service personnel. I feel very strongly that our Armed Forces Community, young and old, are an asset to where we live, contributing widely in many volunteer roles and enriching the diversity of our county."

Cabinet Member for Well-Being, Cllr Jacky Smith, said: "We have very many serving and former services staff in South Kesteven, many of them continuing to put something back into this area long after they have left military service.

"We are pleased to be able to support this initiative and help them make the most of service life and then be welcomed into South Kesteven to enjoy a well-deserved and fulfilled retirement."

The appointment of a dedicated Armed Forces Officer is part of an ongoing commitment South Kesteven District Council, Rutland County Council and Harborough District Council to support the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Covenant is a commitment from the nation to make sure those who choose to serve or have served in the past, along with their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service.

"We have a very active and growing number of Reservists across the towns and villages of South Kesteven, as well as significant number of veterans - old and young - who live here. The invaluable support that Michelle provides means that we can uphold the values of the Armed Forces Covenant and do right by our Armed Forces community."

 People can contact the Armed Forces Officer via armedforces@rutland.gov.uk or on 01572 722 577.
 

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