'Fighting for soldiers on the front line'

From a story in the Inverness Courier, March 2008:

Inverness lawyer Douglas Young dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the Territorial Army, serving in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. In 2006 he helped set up the British Armed Forces Federation to represent rank and file soldiers as well as officers. Calum Macleod talks to a man much in demand ... "Nobody should think [BAFF] is about battles stopping for tea-breaks or anything like that. ...

 

"There were some fears that we would make things difficult for the chain of command, balanced by a fear in other quarters that we were in the pocket of the chain of command – ex-officers in regimental blazers and so on. ...

"It’s in a way remarkable, given the short time that we’ve been in existence, but we’ve played a major part in changing legislation. ...

"What it will not comment on are the rights or wrongs of UK involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan. We see that as a national decision and we neither support nor criticise. But given that we have forces involved, we expect the Government and the nation as a whole to support these forces and their families. ..."

 

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