EASTLEIGH MP, Mims Davies has backed the launch of the new office for Veterans Affairs, which aims to provide care for armed forces veterans.

The new office was promised by Boris Johnson shortly after he entered 10 Downing Street, as part of a government commitment to ensure world class provision of veterans’ care services in the country.

Sitting within the Cabinet Office, it aims to pull together all functions of the government to promote the outstanding contribution veterans are already making to our economy and society and to ensure no individual who needs help is left behind after they leave service.

Mims Davies said: “As a former Trustee of an armed forces charity and having been lucky enough to work alongside veteran organisations across the Eastleigh constituency, I really welcome the creation of the Office for Veterans Affairs, particularly given our areas close historic links to our excellent armed forces.”

She added: “Only this week I spoke with Minister for Veterans Affairs and former British Army officer, Johnny Mercer, to ensure that the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence are working fully together in support of our serving service men and women and our veterans, including through our job centres, and was pleased to also congratulate him on the creation of this new Office.”

The Eastleigh MP has long been passionate about supporting veterans, both locally across the Eastleigh area by annually supporting Remembrance events and working with local armed forces groups, as well as by serving as a Trustee of Armed Forces charity, Building Heroes.

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer also commented: “As we reset this country’s relationship with her veterans, we’re making progress with establishing the Office for Veterans’ Affairs.”