For the first time, and ahead of any other region in the country, the North East will mark its commitment to its armed forces today (November 9th) with a special signing ceremony.
Regional partners will come together to sign the North East Armed Forces Community Charter - an agreement that hopes to reinforce the community's support for its armed forces and their families.
The signing ceremony will take place this afternoon in Sunderland.
The charter is building upon work done by the North East's Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committe, that has already been recognised nationally, where they looked at the health needs of ex-service men and women.
"The signing of the North East Armed Forces Community Charter is particularly welcomed as a positive statement of support to those who serve in the Armed Forces and their families from within our region."
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