Web pages for the island’s Armed Forces Community Covenant have gone live.
The Covenant officially recognises the special role and contribution of the island’s military veterans as well as those people currently serving in the Armed Forces.
It was signed in April last year by Chief Minister Allan Bell, and was endorsed on behalf of the Armed Forces by the senior army commander in the North West region, Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald, Commander of the 42nd North West Brigade based at Fulwood Barracks in Preston.
Also present at the signing was the island’s Armed Forces Champion, Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson MHK, who led the Covenant initiative.
Mr Watterson said: ‘We should be proud of the fact that we were the first place outside of the United Kingdom to sign up to the Covenant, pledging to remove barriers to accessing services because of a person’s role in the Armed Forces.
‘Hopefully you will agree that this will improve accessibility and awareness, and anyone doing a Google search for the Isle of Man Armed Forces Covenant should be able to quickly and easily find what they are looking for.
‘In addition it signposts to a number of charitable areas, as well as giving contact details for me as Armed Forces Champion. This should provide a “One Stop Shop” for current or ex-forces people to find what they need on the island.
‘Thank you to those of you who provided feedback on its design. I hope it will continue to develop the more that we are able to do, and I welcome any additional content or links that need to be incorporated as time goes on.’
The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its service personnel.
It can be found under the Chief Secretary’s Office on the Government website, or directly at http://www.gov.im/about-the-government/offices/chief-secretary’s-office/armed-forces-community-covenant/