‘Military clubs more important than ever before’

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The founder of Eastbourne’s newest military social club says the role of associations is more important than ever with recent news of redundancies in the armed forces .

Ben Mead set up Military Roots last year and wanted to introduce younger veterans and work alongside the other military associations in the town.

Ben, a former soldier, felt there was little support for younger people leaving the services and set up Military Roots to give like-minded people a chance to socialise and reduce isolation among ex-service personnel.

Military Roots has gone from strength to strength and Ben says this is now an important time for the group.

He said, “This is now the time where redundancies are about to happen in British Armed Forces and the veteran community is about to grow over night.

“With these new veterans coming into civvy street very soon, we most not forget that the British Armed Forces has seen some of the worst combat experiences since the end of World War 2, and these veterans are going to need the support from us at Military Roots and also their military associations and other military support groups in the local areas.”

Ben says some military associations are struggling for members and he wants to work with them, not against them. He feels the groups are important for veterans of all ages and said, “Military Roots is a Social and Welfare group helping veterans and guiding them to the join the military associations.

“We are here to help these military associations and other military social group to continue into the future.

“Also Military Roots is a non-profit group and will stay that way forever.

“Let’s help these new veterans and get them to join military associations before it becomes to late.”