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Armed Forces Beer Call

Veterans and their dependants ‘Beer Call’ Harrogate Town AFC 7th December 2019

Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that many veterans and their families are unsure of the extensive range of benefits and help that are available to them. Several approaches have been used to try and assess their true needs with varying degrees of success. We will be holding a “Beer Call” at The CNG Stadium on the 7th December.
 
Veterans and their families will be able to watch Town play Torquay United and a number of free tickets are available. Could ex-veterans pse contact John Topping who will issue the tickets.
 
Garry Plant, Managing Director says, "We are delighted to welcome Veterans and their families, and indeed serving military personnel, to Harrogate Town. We are committed to the Armed Forces Covenant and to building on the strong ties we have with our local military community."
 
The VAPC work to monitor how effectively the intent of the Armed Forces Covenant is being delivered by statutory authorities, such as Councils and the National Health, and others, such as charities, across Yorkshire & Humber. This ‘Beer Call’ will be an opportunity for anyone to express their own opinion as to how well the Armed Forces Covenant is succeeding and highlight any concerns or observations they may wish to make confidentially.
 
What’s great about what the VAPC do is they are a completely independent body who provide an advisory and advocacy role to those organisations involved in delivering this support, whilst at the same time providing direct feedback to the government via Minister for Defence People and Veterans and through MoD about what needs to be fixed. We provide a unique, independent, view that government take seriously and want to find out what your concerns are so that we can advocate them to people who can make a difference, says Alex Baxter JP, DL, Chairman of the Yorks & Humber VAPC.
 
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “It’s important for veterans to know where they can turn for support should they need it, so organisations like the Veterans’ Advisory and Pensions Committees are crucial in running events to raise awareness. The ‘Beer Call’ at Harrogate Town AFC is a great example of this.”
 
“These days some veterans find themselves and their families isolated in society. It is very important that we ensure as much information as possible is made available to all our veterans so they can gain the help and assistance they need and then to access the correct support that is due to them”, Says Captain (Rtd) Bill Scarratt DFC one of Ripon’s many veterans.
 
Veterans Welfare Service
The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK pensions and compensation schemes, and all their dependants. For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/veterans-welfare-service.

Veterans Gateway.                                                                                                                                          
The first point of contact for veterans seeking support. We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. For more information go to https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/.