Cllr Charlie Curtis was joined in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Offices in Grays, by Council Leader, Cllr John Kent and representatives from several veterans’ organisations as he signed the document.
The charter was developed following a motion at the full council meeting in March last year. An overview and scrutiny task and finish group was established chaired by Cllr Danny Nicklen supported by Cllr John Purkiss and Cllr Yash Gupta.
Cllr Nicklen said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on getting us to the signing of Thurrock’s veterans charter. I’m very proud to have been a part of what I’m sure will be a huge success and will deliver real change for veterans living in Thurrock.”
Representatives from veterans’ charities have worked with the council and councillors to develop the charter and joined the mayor and Leader in signing it.
The charter recognises that returning service veterans may have issues that impact on their well-being and that of their families as they return to civilian life and it acknowledges issues of readjustment to civilian life.
When the charter was approved at cabinet in February this year, members agreed three further recommendations — to develop an information pack, or KIT Bag, to help veterans access information to services across the public and charitable sectors; to develop a Community Covenant to include the needs of serving personnel; and to work with community groups to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Thurrock.
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