Those who have sacrificed the most are being supported by a leading civil engineering firm.
Seymour Civil Engineering is one of the latest companies to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise to acknowledge and understand those who serve or who have served in the armed forces.
Managing Director Kevin Byrne believes that ex service personnel have special skills and attributes that set them ahead in the work place – and estimates around 10% of the current Seymour workforce have served.
He said: “At Seymour, we have always employed a high proportion of ex services personnel and have always actively recruited service leavers as we recognise the benefits of the transferrable skills, which provide us with a highly trained workforce and disciplined calibre of personnel.
“We are thrilled that signing the Armed Forces Covenant has formalised publicly our support and pride that we hold for our Armed Forces.”
The covenant focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community and their families have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
Support is provided in a number of areas including education, family well-being, having a home, access to healthcare, starting a new career and more.
Kevin has now encouraged other business leaders from across the UK to join the charge and back the pledge.
He added: “By engaging further with the Armed Forces we believe this will strengthen the skill sets of our workforce, whilst providing opportunities to veterans to give back in some small way to the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
Government Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a fantastic way to show support for our former and current service men and women, as well as their families.”