Local MP pledges his support for the Armed Forces community

Steve McCabe MP recently met with The Royal British Legion’s local Area Manager Ian Barber at their Birmingham Pop-in Centre to discuss support for the Armed Forces community.

The Royal British Legion is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, and provides welfare assistance for many thousands of veterans, serving personnel and their families. Legion research has found that the biggest issues currently experienced by working-age members of the UK ex-Service community include hearing loss and difficulty finding employment; among over-75s, physical health and care are among the most common problems. The Legion successfully campaigned for a £10m hearing loss fund, supports career transition through its Civvy Street website and delivers practical assistance through community outreach services and six care homes. A network of 16 high street ‘Pop In’ centres has also been developed to make it easier for beneficiaries to seek help. 

Steve McCabe MP said:

 “I was really pleased to meet with Ian Barber and his team based at the Birmingham ‘Pop In’ Centre. Ian made it clear that the Legion’s work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or are struggling in any other way, is a 365-day-a-year job. It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I’m proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion.

“Each year I organise, in conjunction with Swanshurst School, the Selly Oak Veterans’ Day. We do this to show our thanks for the sacrifices of those who defend and protect us. However our veterans – both old and young – don’t just need thanks; sometimes they need practical support.  And that’s what the Legion does so well.”

Ian Barber, the Legion’s area manager for the West Midlands, added:

“I was delighted to see Steve and we were grateful that he took the time to drop in. The Royal British Legion offers a range of welfare support all year round, and last year we answered over 450,000 calls for help. This latest parliamentary event offered a great opportunity to spread the word about the range of services we provide, and it was a pleasure to discuss this in detail with Steve”.

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