STEPHEN visited the Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle today, where he joined Royal British Legion beneficiary Andy Davies to highlight two of the Legion’s key areas of work – Remembrance, and health and welfare work in Wales.
Mr Davies addressed Welsh MPs in Westminster in March, to tell them about his own experiences and difficulties in readjusting to civilian life post-service.
He said: “The Royal British Legion has been tremendous to me, assisting me with grants and into full-time education. I believe that a co-ordinated approach is vital between the Legion, other service charities and policymakers.
“I hope the Armed Forces Community Covenants, being signed across Wales, will help here – bringing local authorities, charities, the NHS, the Armed Forces and other agencies together.”
Stephen said: “It was fascinating to meet Andy and hear about the challenges he faced. What I learned today underpinned the importance of Community Covenants and the work being done by the RBL, other charities, local councils and other organisations, in helping ex-servicemen and women readjust to civilian life.
“Being able to support those who face challenges when leaving service is extremely important, and it was a pleasure to meet Andy and RBL representatives to hear about the impact of their work.”
RBL Wales Area Manager Phil Jones said: “It was excellent to meet Stephen today at the Wales Field of Remembrance.
“This field, one of six across the UK, provides an opportunity for members of the public to pay tribute to those who have fallen in conflict. This year there are over 15,000 Remembrance Tributes, each one carrying a personal message to someone who lost his or her life in the Service of our country.”
* Along with three other MPs from across the political divide, Stephen is participating in the Royal British Legion’s ‘Journey’ Programme – an intensive year-long induction into the work of the Legion covering Welfare, Representation, Comradeship and Remembrance.