MSP supports citizen soldiery

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The MSP for South Angus was showing his support for local Reservist and Cadet forces at a parliamentary reception recently.

Graeme Dey attended the reception hosted by Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, which was aimed at highlighting the important role of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations (RFCA) in Scotland.

At the reception, Colonel Angus Taverner, chair of the Highland RFCA, spoke about his organisation’s ongoing commitment to the communities from which the citizen volunteers are drawn as well as their support for the Service Cadets.

Mr Dey said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to find out more about the role of the RFCAs in Scotland in support of the Reserves and Cadets and to meet representatives from across all three Services.”

Mr Brown added: “It has been my great pleasure to welcome representatives of both Highland and Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations to Parliament today and to raise awareness of the work of the two RFCAs across the constituencies in Scotland to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets.

“We all acknowledge the contribution made by the Reserves towards the defence of the UK – not least in the recent conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq. In terms of the Cadets, all of us have the opportunity to witness the valuable contribution to Scottish society by the voluntary Service Cadet organisations that thrive in communities large and small across Scotland.”