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Vital role of our Reservists.

NOW that the role played by UK combat forces in Iraq has drawn to a close, I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the employers in North Wales who have supported, and continue to support, members of our Reserve Forces.

Over the last six years, over 17,000 Reservists have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. They have shown tremendous courage and selfless dedication, whether serving on the frontline or providing vital support services.

to 150 forget to Their contribution has been critical to our success in Iraq and continues to be essential to our operations in Afghanistan.

However, their contribution would not be possible without the support they receive from their civilian employers, enabling them to balance their civilian and military careers.

I know from speaking to employers in the North Wales area, that many recognise the valuable skills and experience Reservists bring to the workplace. However, I also know that employing a Reservist is not always without its challenges. If any employer would like any further information or advice about employing Reservists, please contact SaBRE on 0800 389 5459 or visit www.sabre.mod.uk.

Gerry Blythe, SaBRE (Supporting Britain''s Reservists and Employers) Campaign Director for Wales

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Date:Jun 9, 2009
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