The Royal British Legion is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, and provides welfare assistance for many thousands of veterans, serving personnel and their families. Mr Chalk attended a Legion event in Parliament to show his support for the charity’s work, and met with local area manager David Lowe to discuss current issues facing the Armed Forces community.
Legion research has found that the biggest issues currently experienced by working-age members of the UK ex-Service community include hearing loss and difficulty finding employment; among over-75s, physical health and care are among the most common problems. The Legion successfully campaigned for a £10m hearing loss fund, supports career transition through its Civvy Street website and delivers practical assistance through community outreach services and six care homes. A network of 16 high street ‘Pop In’ centres has also been developed to make it easier for beneficiaries to seek help.
David Lowe, the Legion’s area manager for the South West Midlands, said “I was delighted to meet Alex and we were grateful that he took the time to show his support. The Royal British Legion offers a range of welfare support all year round, and last year we answered over 450,000 calls for help. This latest parliamentary event offered a great opportunity to spread the word about the range of services we provide, and it was a pleasure to discuss this in detail with Alex”.
Alex Chalk MP added, “Members of the Armed Forces make huge sacrifices in the service of our country. I am proud to support the work of the Legion in honouring the memory of the fallen and building a better future for those who have given so much.”