Ian Austin

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Local MP visits armed forces charity

Dudley MP Ian Austin is visiting a charity that helps ex-servicemen adjust to civilian life.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is visiting Shoulder to Shoulder, a mentoring programme run by Time Bank, which helps ex-service men and women adjust to civilian life.

The Shoulder to Shoulder volunteer mentoring programme supports ex-service men and women who are recovering from mental health issues or having difficulty adjusting to civilian life. They also support veterans’ families, recognising that there is often little acknowledgement of the unique challenges they face.

In Dudley they are providing a new drop-in service funded by Dudley Council.

Austin will be visiting Shoulder to Shoulder at their regular drop-in at Dudley Fire Station, Burton Road, at 12pm on Thursday 8th January 2015.

Austin has worked closely with Dudley veterans for several years. He has previously led the campaign to protect Dudley’s territorial army base, recognise the bravery of the Bevin Boys and extend the awarding of the veteran’s badge as well as pushing for an Armed Forces Covenant to guarantee the government’s obligations to veterans.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m pleased to see this fantastic charity operating in Dudley. It is good to know that any ex-service men and women will be able to get free help with the challenges they face.”

“Local Charites like Shoulder to Shoulder are a vital resource for supporting our local ex-service men and women when they return to civilian life. I have always supported the armed forces and the vitally important job they do.”

“All across Britain people show huge respect and support for the work of our armed forces, but nowhere is that truer than in Dudley, where our local squadron and the wider regiment are at the heart of the community and have the freedom of the borough. I hope that everyone who cares about the issues facing our armed forces will welcome Shoulder to Shoulder coming to Dudley.”

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