Prospective Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price has given her wholehearted endorsement to the Conservative pledge to repair the broken “Military Covenant”.
The soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, civilians and their families that make up our armed forces are the backbone of this nation’s security. But more than a decade of neglect by Labour has left them overstretched, undermanned, and poorly equipped.
Jackie said, “Respecting our armed forces means ensuring our servicemen and women have the tools they need to do the job. We have pledged to double the operational bonus for troops serving in Afghanistan and to hold regular reviews to ensure that our forces have the equipment they need.
But supporting our armed forces does not just mean looking after them when they are in service. It also means that that Forces’ families and veterans are taken care of. It is shameful that more Falklands war veterans have died from suicide than were killed in the conflict. We will pilot a programme to track and monitor veterans’ mental health after they leave the Armed Forces, so that those who are deemed at risk can be referred for treatment”.
The Conservatives have also pledged to provide university and further education scholarships for the children of servicemen and women killed while on active duty. These scholarships will cover university tuition fees as well as living costs while at university, or further education tuition fees and other costs for college students. The policy will apply to all children of military personnel killed since 1990. Jackie said, “For those who have laid down their lives for our country, making sure the people they leave behind have the best opportunities is the least we can do”.