A charity supporting the Armed Forces community has been discussing its work with MP Ian Lavery.
The Wansbeck member met The Royal British Legion’s Local Area Manager Marcus Hawthorn at an event in Parliament to find out more about the issues faced by service personnel past and present and their families.
He heard that hearing loss and difficulty finding employment are the biggest problems for working age veterans, while older ex-service personnel have concerns about physical health and social care.
The charity is working to tackle the issues, successfully campaigning for a £10million veterans’ hearing fund, supporting career transition through a Civvy Street website and delivering practical help through community outreach services and care homes.
Mr Lavery said: “I enjoyed meeting staff from The Royal British Legion and learning more about the work being done in my local area.
“Members of the Armed Forces community make huge sacrifices in the service of our country and I am proud to support the work of the Legion in honouring the memory of the fallen and building a better future for the living.”
Mr Hawthorn also highlighted planned centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.
The Legion has produced a toolkit to help communities organise their own events to commemorate what was one of the bloodiest battles in history in which more than a million men were killed or wounded.
Mr Hawthorn said: “This parliamentary event offered a great opportunity to spread the word about the range of services that we provide and discuss our plans for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.”
To download the Battle of the Somme centenary commemoration toolkit visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/Somme100