Mar 25 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
A STIRLING charity has backed a proposal that would put former soldiers on the fast track to free public transport.
Outgoing transport minister Keith Brown this week unveiled plans to encourage eligible people with links to the military to apply for a free buss pass.
He said seriously injured service personnel and veterans would benefit from the idea from April 1.
Ally Gemmell from the Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) in Cameronian Street said: “This is an excellent initiative, particularly in the current economic climate, with ever-increasing fuel costs and job cuts.
“It will allow veterans and injured personnel the opportunity to not become isolated and disengaged from their communities and peers, as well as maintaining their access to employment and health care.”
Announcing the move, Mr Brown said: “We have been working in partnership with the Department for Transport and the Welsh Assembly to take forward the commitment to make it easier for seriously injured service personnel and veterans to access the concessionary travel scheme.
“While these discussions remain ongoing, we are committed to ensuring we look after the interests of injured and retired members of the forces now.
“That is why we are introducing a fast-track service from April 1.
“Through this measure, we hope we can encourage those eligible to apply without the worry of a medical assessment or being turned down.”
ASAP can be contacted on 01786 451225.