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Veterans’ minister visits Dursley

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Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie invited the veterans’ minister Johnny Mercer to Dursley to speak with former service personnel.

More than 30 veterans from the local area joined the meeting with the minister who held a Q&A session for them.

One of those who came was local veteran Thomas Mitchell and his wife Michelle. Thomas is cycling 1000 miles over a five-month period to raise money for his fellow residents of Wisma Mulia care home.

He was presented with a Community Champion certificate by the minister.

“Many thanks to the minister for coming to Stroud to meet veterans and discuss issues that concern them,” said Siobhan Baillie.

“Since the meeting some have been in touch to say what a great opportunity it was to speak directly with the minister.  It was also clear that veterans feel that many local services and the council needs to do more.

“He cares passionately about his brief following his time in the army himself and explained that the Prime Minister has given his personal commitment to supporting veterans and their families.”

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