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Stagecoach offers free travel this weekend for Highland veterans and cadets to mark Armed Forces Day

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Stagecoach is offering free travel to veterans and cadets in support of Armed Forces Day.
Stagecoach is offering free travel to veterans and cadets in support of Armed Forces Day.

A bus company which operates across the Highlands is offering free travel this weekend to mark Armed Forces Day.

Stagecoach is offering the free passes to military and ex-military personnel on all of its bus and tram services on Saturday and Sunday as part of its ongoing commitment to support the armed forces.

Armed Forces Day – on Saturday 25 June – is a chance for the public to show support for the citizens who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Stagecoach, a member of the Armed Force Covenant since March 2015, is offering free travel on Saturday and Sunday across the UK to serving personnel wearing their uniform, carrying a military ID card and to veterans carrying a medal or veteran’s badge. Stagecoach also offers free bus and tram travel for veterans and military personnel on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday.

The commitment to free travel for the armed forces is supported by Stagecoach’s employee-led veterans network. The network was launched to allow Stagecoach colleagues to come together as one voice to make change, raise awareness, and introduce new ways of working to make the company even stronger.

Kathryn Dawson, a Stagecoach bus driver in Manchester, is co-lead for the Stagecoach veterans network. She previously served in the armed forces in Germany, Canada, and the Middle East, in the Royal Artillery and the Royal Logistics corps.

She said: "We know that our employees right across the country are passionate about showing their support and appreciation for our military personnel. We’re therefore really pleased to be offering free travel to help people more easily join in with the events taking place over the coming weekend.

“Through our veterans network, we are able to build even further on the work that Stagecoach has led over many years and identify how else we can support those veterans already working for us and those who may want to come and join the company. We have been attending military recruitment events across the UK to see how we can further support those leaving the armed forces, and as a result, we have been pleased to see an increase in the number of veterans interested in positions with Stagecoach.”

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