COUNCILLORS are calling on Kirklees Council to release £500,000 to tackle stress, anxiety and depression suffered by ex-service personnel.
Kirklees Lib Dem leader Kath Pinnock and Holme Valley North Lib Dem councillor David Woodhead say the money will come from £3.5m underspend predicted for Adult Services. They want it to fund specialist services to tackle the condition often known as combat stress.
The councillors will propose a motion that Kirklees support the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Honour the Covenant campaign at a full council meeting on December 5.
The campaign calls on the Government to fulfil their responsibilities to ex-soldiers.
Clr Woodhead said: “The Royal British Legion work really hard to support former soldiers, and I hope the Council will support this motion which would make some practical help available here in our communities.
“I would also like to see the Government listen to the British Legion’s Honour the Covenant campaign. Once the Government has sent soldiers to war they have a responsibility to provide support on their return.”
Clr Pinnock said: “We know that ex-service men and women often suffer from mental health conditions caused by their time serving in conflicts.
“Here in Kirklees the Liberal Democrats want to see more money made available to support activities and support for people, including former soldiers, to tackle these types of mental health problems.”