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All of the Armed Forces have been named by charity Stonewall in the top 100 UK employers for their commitment to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender staff. The Royal Marines and Royal Navy are in 15th place, the Army is joint 51st and the RAF is in 68th place on the list. That's an improvement from last year when the Royal Navy and Royal Marines were 32nd and the British Army at 84th. The RAF hasn't featured in the list since 2015.
The new study will examine the support available to the different members of military families, including spouses and partners, and children. The report’s findings, which will be completed by summer 2019, will consider the diverse needs of service families and assess whether the current support on offer is meeting these needs. The study will also allow the MOD to further enhance the delivery of vital support for military families.
Scotland's new Veterans Commissioner has called on more to be done to ensure those leaving the Armed Forces do not suffer from social isolation. Colonel Charlie Wallace visited the military charity Scottish War Blinded to see how they help their members who may be struggling with loneliness. Speaking to Forces News, Colonel Wallace said: "I think we need to better connect all of the services that are being provided across the country.
Police have called on the public to name those involved (Picture: Swindon South Police). A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after dozens of wreaths were thrown from a war memorial in Swindon. Wiltshire Police believe it happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Around 50 poppy wreaths were thrown from the Cenotaph War Memorial in Swindon.