Minister pledges free bus travel for injured veterans

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Image caption The announcement was made ahead of the second Armed Forces Day

Welsh veterans who have been seriously injured in combat will be eligible for free bus travel from next year.

Social justice minister Carl Sargeant announced the move ahead of the second national Armed Forces Day, to be held in Cardiff on Saturday.

Mr Sargeant made the offer as part of a pledge to meet the needs of Wales' serving forces.

A new group has been set up to advise the assembly government on how best to support families of veterans.

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Mr Sargeant, AM for Alyn and Deeside, said the assembly had an obligation to meet their needs.

During his statement he also paid tribute to the 300 soldiers killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The bus passes follow the Wales Millennium Centre's announcement that it will give free tickets for some of its top shows to serving members of the armed forces and injured veterans.

The venue is joining the Tickets for Troops scheme from Saturday.

The charity offers free tickets for major cultural, sporting and musical events to the UK's soldiers, sailors and airmen, and their families.

Saturday's UK-wide Armed Forces Day will see servicemen and women parade through the streets of Cardiff.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Brian Griffiths, said the event would "commemorate, honour and celebrate the brave service personnel of the past, present and future".

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