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The Royal British Legion and MOD's Service Personnel &
Veterans Agency (SPVA) have joined forces to produce 252,000
magnetic emergency contact cards for the Joint Casualty and
Compassionate Centre (JCCC).
The JCCC is the first point of
contact for Service families in the event of a family emergency or
domestic crisis that requires the return of a Service person from
deployments overseas. Service personnel will be familiar with the
JPA P001 cardboard card that has been in circulation since JCCC's
formation in April 2005. This small card, about the size of a
credit card, provides families with clear and easy to follow
guidance on how to contact the JCCC in a crisis or family
emergency, such as a sudden illness or accident involving a loved
But when feedback from the Services suggested something more
durable might be helpful, the Legion and SPVA teamed up
to produce a new magnetic version - aptly named the JPA P002.
The magnet is easily attached to fridges, washing machines or other
metal surfaces so it's to hand when it's most needed. Funded by
Legion and distributed by SPVA, the double-sided card also now
features website information for the Legion and other
organisations providing support for Service families.
The Royal British Legion Director of Welfare, Sue Freeth, said:
"The Royal British Legion is proud to be working in partnership
with the MOD to inform the Armed Forces community where to seek
help in times of a family crisis.
"The £30k we have invested into the production of fridge magnets
will ensure Armed Forces households across the UK have the JCCC's
number stored in a convenient and easily accessible place in case
of an emergency.
"The Legion can offer a raft of support to Service personnel and
their families when dealing with a death or illness in the family.
We can provide advice and guidance on the Armed Forces Compensation
scheme, funds to meet immediate needs, online support networks and
free independent legal advice to bereaved families.
"It is vital the Service community know who to turn to for
support and by working closely with the MOD on this project we're
able to place that advice directly where its needed."
Air Cdre Chris Bray SPVA Head of Military Operations and
"My thanks go to Legion for their support with this initiative.
It's an excellent example of how the MOD and charities like the
Legion can work together to produce something simple but really
useful. The JCCC provides a vital function for Service families. I
am sure those deployed on operations or overseas will be reassured
by the knowledge their loved ones have this information close to
hand in the event of a family emergency."
SPVA's JCCC is located at Imjin Barracks, Gloucester and
provides casualty reporting and compassionate travel services for
all three branches of the UK's Armed Forces. JCCC is manned
24 hours a day/ 365 days a year and makes and receives over 86,000
telephone calls per year.
Notes to editors
1. The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency is an Agency of
the Ministry of Defence and provides essential support functions to
the Armed Forces and Veterans communities. These include
forces pay and HR, issue of all medals, casualty repatriation and
compassionate services, pensions, injury/bereavement compensation
and Veterans welfare support. The Agency operates from four
main UK sites at Glasgow, Norcross near Blackpool, Imjin Barracks
near Gloucester and HMS Sultan, Gosport.
About the Legion
2. The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed
Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the
British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is
also the national Custodian of Remembrance and is best known for
the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem, the red poppy.
For Further Information
For further information on SPVA, please contact David Johnson, SPVA
Press Officer on 07717 882014 or Sian Gausden, SPVA Assistant Press
Officer on 01452 712612 ext 6726. For information on the Legion and
their role in this project, please contact Becky
Warren, Public Relations Officer, on 020 3207 2239.
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