Suffolk: Armed Forces covenant website highlights projects for veterans

An Apache attack helicopter from Wattisham Airfield

An Apache attack helicopter from Wattisham Airfield - Credit: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC

Up-to-date information on a partnership between the Armed Forces and the rest of Suffolk is now available on a new website.

In 2012 the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed to cement the relationship between the military and civilians.

The launch of the site, www.suffolkmilitarycovenant.org.uk, ties in with the commemoration of the First World War and highlights projects which have been delivered and the key issues where the partnership looks to influence action.

These projects include looking at and improving veterans’ support needs, supporting armed forces’ families and improving information services so soldiers and their families can better enjoy what Suffolk has to offer.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Olney, Commanding Officer of 6 Army Air Corps in Bury St Edmunds, said: “We believe this is the second dedicated community covenant website in the country and is a very effective method of communicating the work and ambitions of the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant partnership.”

Colonel (Retd) Rae Leighton, Suffolk Armed Forces commissioner, said: “The public’s support for its Armed Forces is very much in evidence and real affection is shown, such as when we see troops marching through our towns.

“There is no doubt that the community covenant partnership is proving effective with some very tangible outcomes and whilst there is much to do, we are certainly heading in the right direction.”

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The covenant is a voluntary pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its armed forces community.

This agreement includes all of Suffolk’s authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations and Armed Forces units stationed in or linked to the county.

The First World War section of the website includes a downloadable list of projects in development and profiles of First World War Victoria Cross winners who had a connection to Suffolk. The covenant is part of a £30million national scheme launched by the Ministry of Defence.