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Council supports Veterans' Gateway launch

Council supports Veterans' Gateway launch

June 26, 2017

As part of its ongoing interest and support for the work of the Armed Services, Alderman James Tinsley and Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson recently attended an event called the Veterans’ Gateway launch.

The Veterans’ Gateway is a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including the Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppy Scotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

The Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans and their families and offers a variety of support services.

Alderman James Tinsley said: “The Council is supportive of the work the Armed Forces does and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council holds events which involve the Armed Forces. Just last week the Council signed an Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to support the local Armed Forces community.

“I was very interested to learn about the work of the Veterans’ Gateway and the variety of support provided to veterans.  Men and women who have served their country often endure extremely challenging and difficult times. When they in turn require assistance, the Veterans’ Gateway is there for support.”

Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson, said: “The service offers 24-hour support as well as online resources.  There is also advice as to where the best support or help is for veterans and their families and this includes financial advice, housing advice and health support.  It can be challenging to be a serving member of the Armed Forces, and this event showed us how it can be just as challenging to be a veteran.  I wish the Veterans’ Gateway our best wishes in its valuable work.”

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