Ann marks Armed Forces Day

Ann Jones, Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, has today marked the contribution of the Armed Forces community as part of a national day of events.

The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and show support for currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets. Across the country people are getting involved, communities hold local events and business show their support.

Earlier this week, the Welsh Labour Government launched an updated package of support for the Armed Forces Community including new commitments to:

  • The introduction of a unified pathway for veterans’ mental health and veteran mental health clinical networks.


  • The introduction of a Standing Committee for Service Children in Schools in Wales


  • Continued disregard of the War Pension Scheme under new Council Tax Reduction Schemes.


Ann said: “Armed Forces Day is an important opportunity to say thank you to our serving and retired soldiers, sailors and airmen.

“Our armed forces make a great sacrifice to defend us and the brave work they do should always be recognised. The nation owes all our servicemen and women a debt of gratitude and I’m proud to support Armed Forces Day.

“We all owe a huge deal of gratitude to our Armed Forces, past and present. They continue to make huge sacrifices on our behalf both here and overseas which allow us to live in a free and safe society.

Lesley Griffiths, the Minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces said: “In Wales there are estimated to be at least a quarter of a million members of the Armed Forces Community and the Welsh Government is committed to increasing the support we provide to them and to ensuring nobody is disadvantaged as a result”.