The links between Tendring District Council (TDC) and the Armed Forces have been further strengthened by a new appointment.
Chris Amos has become TDC’s first elected member champion in this field.
The role has come about as part of the Armed Forces Covenant for Essex which was signed up to by local authorities and a number of organisations across the county in 2011.
The covenant is all about the nation providing support to those who have served their country, as well as their families. This can be in areas such as housing, education, employment and health.
“It is about us a local authority recognising this and taking further steps to help the Armed Forces Community,” said Cllr Amos.
“I am very honoured and proud to be the first Armed Forces Champion at TDC and will do all I can to promote supporting those who have given so much for their country.
“The covenant states that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens and special consideration should be given in some cases. I intend to ensure that happens and that we are serious about our commitment.”
This includes maintaining contacts with key personnel at bases; using ceremonies to build and maintain contact and delivering the covenant through Council policies where appropriate.
“We are immensely proud of our relationship with the Armed Forces in Tendring and we intend to grow this over the coming years,” added Cllr Amos.
A specific web page is to be developed on the Council’s website next year.