Why the nation needs to support the Armed Forces Covenant

I was disappointed to read that less than a quarter of British organisations have heard of the Armed Forces Covenant.
According to a new report – Benefit not Burden, commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust – twenty-four per cent of companies have heard of the Covenant, which is a pledge made by the government that those who serve their country, veterans and their families are treated fairly.
Only eight per cent of companies have signed the promise, which came into law in 2011.
The report says the smaller the organisation is, the less likely it is to be aware of the covenant or to have signed it or take any action.
To date, more than 3,000 organisations have signed the covenant including business and charities.
Meanwhile, 28% of organisations surveyed in the research claimed they are likely to sign the covenant over the next year.
As the first law firm to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, we were grateful for the opportunity to pledge our support and would urge others to do the same.
As a lawyer deeply involved in military work I have witnessed the sacrifices made by our forces and their families all too often and it is important that this sacrifice is acknowledged back on Civvy Street.
The Corporate Covenant is a great idea and helps recognise the important contribution of personnel both to the civilian workplace and national security.