As the U.K. prepares to mark Remembrance Day on the 11th of November, 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War, the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association (WRAC) called on Ministers Johnny Mercer and Oliver Dowden to support women of all generations who have served.
The WRAC Association is the only charity that was established to specifically support female Army veterans through benevolence grants and social support.
Until 1990, women who served were forced to leave the Army if they became pregnant. Soldiers were required to serve a full 22 years before being eligible for an army pension, or 16 years for Officers. Women who left to start a family had even less work under their belt, and potentially few transferable skills for the civilian workplace: 1 in 5 ex-Service people aged 55-64 has no formal qualifications.
“The WRAC Association distributes grants to women who served in the Army (even for just a day) who find life financially hard,” said retired Colonel Ali Brown, Vice-President of the WRAC Association. “I hope the new Department can help this generation of women who served – not just those who left the Army in the past few years.”
“We are rightly admired throughout the world for our Armed Forces, and it is a stain on our national conscience that any veteran who has served should be abandoned by the country they have fought so courageously to protect,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he announced the new Office for Veterans Department. “By taking responsibility for the full gamut of veterans’ civilian lives – from ensuring they get the medical treatment they require, to further training and skills after they have transitioned from service to keep them in good jobs, to targeted interventions to prevent the scourge of veteran homelessness – Oliver Dowden, Johnny Mercer and our brand new Office for Veterans’ Affairs will do just that.”