Corbyn gives UK veterans the perfect gift on Remembrance Sunday

Jeremy Corbyn
Ed Sykes

Every year, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents try to use Remembrance Sunday to attack him. But this year was a tough one for his critics. Because the peace-prize winner had the perfect gift for veterans. He pledged to honour their sacrifices in the best way possible.

“A better deal”

In a video, Corbyn stressed that veterans are currently “not getting the support they deserve”. And he explained that:

Service men and women have faced pay cuts, service accommodation left in disrepair, and are worried their children are left without the support they need.

He then stressed:

We must and we will have a better deal for service personnel. Better pay, better accommodation, and better support for their families. And we must make sure that we never again send our soldiers into unnecessary or unjust wars.

To accompany Corbyn’s message, Labour announced the following pledges for veterans:

Labour’s shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith also explained these policies further in the media:

As veteran Joe Glenton tweeted:

it looks like Labour have built on an already solid set of veteran policies from the last manifesto.

Speaking of Corbyn’s commitment to peace, meanwhile, he said:

For the first time in our history we stand to gain a truly anti-war government. To really honour the war dead, we must keep their numbers to a minimum.

The Conservatives have let veterans down

A group of veterans from the Army, Navy, and RAF recently wrote a letter to Conservative Johnny Mercer, the minister for veterans. In it, they stressed that:

Veterans are disproportionately represented in the homeless population, in prisons, and with mental health issues.

While the state pays for the waging of war, veterans are expected to rely on charity when they return to civilian life. In recent years, the government has been cutting the welfare state on which veterans should be able to rely, while maintaining the seventh highest military expenditure in the world.

Numerous people, meanwhile, tweeted out reminders of the Tories’ poor record on looking after veterans:

A vote for Corbyn’s Labour is a vote to truly honour veterans’ sacrifices

One of the main reasons right-wingers hate Corbyn so much is because his leadership of the Labour Party marks a massive break from the party that launched the disastrous, illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Instead of warmongering, Corbyn’s foreign policy stances have emerged from his consistent criticism of brutal occupations abroad, the crimes of vicious UK-backed regimes, and apartheid. His longstanding support for human rights and opposition to nuclear weapons have also contributed to him winning numerous peace prizes.

Not only will Corbyn’s party seek to “never again send our soldiers into unnecessary or unjust wars”, it will also fight to ensure that war veterans get the support and dignity they deserve after they have served. That’s the perfect gift for veterans on Remembrance Sunday.

Featured image via Jeremy Corbyn

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