The United Grand Lodge of England increased support of UK military members through signing the Armed Forces Covenant to aid with education, housing, welfare and more.
In October 2021 the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) signed the Armed Forces Covenant to support members of the Armed Forces to ensure they have the same access to the government like other citizens in the UK.
The signing of the partnership took place during a ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall led by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent at Freemasons Hall.
Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant, UGLE has demonstrated its support to members through education, family wellbeing, getting a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.
During the ceremony, The Duke of Kent said: “It is my great pleasure to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the United Grand Lodge of England. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Armed Forces and we will continue to promote their welfare, support, and respect amongst all our members.”
UGLE has a strong Armed Forces background through its military Lodge, the partnership represents an important step in further supporting both active and retired military personnel.
The UK government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises UGLE as delivering tangible support for the Armed Forces community since signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
Army Reserves director Major General Simon Graham signed the pact on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. He said: “For centuries the United Grand Lodge of England has had a solid connection to the Armed Forces, and it makes perfect sense for us to have the Freemasons signing up to Armed Forces Covenant this year. I'd like to thank the United Grand Lodge of England for supporting the Armed Forces community.”
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