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Welfare service for armed forces
12:00am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Andover
AN ORGANISATION that supports servicemen and women has opened a new office near Andover.
The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) opened its premises at The Stables with a visit from the Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli, who also presented operational medals to DMWS welfare officers back from deployment at Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan.
The welfare service works for the Ministry of Defence and with other charitable partners to provide practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians in hospital.
Welfare officers work with patients from all the armed forces, wherever they serve, including working within field hospitals during times of conflict.
Chief executive Nicky Murdoch said: “Our welfare officers are why we exist, their support, initiative and problem-solving ability are at the heart of our organisation.
“This is an exciting time for the Defence Medical Welfare Service, we are unique and we bring the covenant between the armed forces and the nation to life through our support of the wounded, injured and sick whilst under hospital care.”