A new veterans support officer has been appointed by Doncaster council.
Veteran Mark Hospon has been appointed to the position and his role will be to ensure delivery of a new action plan, which aims to help both currently serving and former-military personnel.
Key targets in the plan include making it clearer what range of support is available to Veterans, introducing informal drop-in support sessions, and create a dedicated phone line for ex-military personnel.
Mark Hopson, who is himself a veteran, has been appointed to the position.
Supporting the Armed Forces community was a key commitment made by Mayor Ros Jones. Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member and Veterans Champion, said: “The appointment of a Veterans Support Officer emphasises our dedication to ensuring we do all we can for our veterans. I am pleased that our support services will be furthered as Mark begins his role.
“We have made it absolutely clear that we will not disadvantage serving or ex serving military personnel, and their families, when they decide to live, work or retire in Doncaster.”
Mark Hopson said: “This post is a great opportunity to build upon the Community Covenant Pledge and the Mayor’s support in making a positive and tangible difference to the men and women who are serving or have served in the three services and chose to live and work in Doncaster with their families”.
Tony Ward, the chair of the Armed Forces Steering Group and himself a veteran, said: “This is another really positive step to ensuring that our veterans and their families are supported fully beyond their service when they return to Doncaster.”