As part of a series of Remembrance events, Sir Mike Penning recently joined Care after Combat, the charity working to help prisoner veterans to reintegrate into society after leaving prison, to help spread the word to MPs about its vital mentoring services.
Sir Mike has had close links with the charity since 2015 when it was co-founded by two of his close long-term friends, Jim Davidson OBE and Simon Weston CBE.
An estimated 3,500 former servicemen are currently incarcerated in England and Wales. Care after Combat mentors those serving the final eighteen months of their sentence to help them make the successful transition from prison life, back into the civilian population.
Sir Mike Penning MP said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to support my good friend Jim Davidson and his charity Care after Combat. The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between our country and those who put their lives on the line to defend it, and we have a responsibility to look after the welfare of all our veterans, especially as they leave the Armed Forces and make the massive and often daunting challenge of transitioning to civilian life. Care after Combat provides dedicated support for those least able to make this transition and who often fall into the prison system as a result. We must do everything we can do end this vicious cycle and I am pleased to pledge my support.’
Read the full press release.