Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, paid tribute to the local branches of the Armed Forces in his constituency during a debate on Armed Forces Day in the House of Commons. The debate, which was held ahead of the national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, received cross-party support from all sides of the Commons.
Speaking in the debate, Mr Graham, recognised the historical links to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment in Clackmannanshire, and to the Black Watch in Perthshire and Kinross-shire. He also acknowledged the role of the cadet forces of these regiments, as well as the air cadets, squadrons 1743 in Crieff, 1145 in Kinross and 383 in Alloa in continuing to help train develop our service men and women of the future.
Luke Graham MP acknowledged the need for proper housing and Mental Health provision to made through the Government’s ‘Veterans Strategy’. Mr Graham also recognised the work of local Clackmannanshire councillor, Cllr Bill Mason, who works in partnership with SSAFA to provide support to service veterans in Clackmannanshire.
Finally, Mr Graham also highlighted the opportunity presented by the inclusion of veteran’s records in the upcoming census in 2021, to help identify veterans needs and where best to target the help which is available from the Government.
Commenting Luke Graham MP said:
“The annual Armed Forces Day is a highlight of the calendar when we have the chance to recognise and thank the work our service men and women for what they do on our behalf to protect and to provide international humanitarian support where and when it is needed.
It was an honour to pay tribute to them but also to recognise the local branches we have here in our constituency. Days of recognition are important and valued, but our armed forces need us to fight for them every single day.
I will continue to support our cadets, armed forces and veterans at every opportunity.”