Cllr Ian Ward.
THE Isle of Wight Council has pledged to support members of the armed forces and their families, by signing up to a community covenant.
More than 200 authorities across the country have signed up to the covenant, which encourages communities to support the servicemen and women, past and present, living in their area.
It includes a pledge to help service personnel, families and veterans to access services provided by the government, the council and charities.
Cllr Ian Ward, a former army major, told the council: "It’s our duty to look after our men, especially those who are disabled, injured, sick or have just fallen on hard times. The community covenant is recognition the whole community owes a debt to those men."
Cllr Reg Barry and Arthur Taylor expressed disappointment the merchant navy had not been included.