• Stagecoach offers free bus travel to armed forces personnel in Kent and East Sussex on 29 and 30 June.

• Free travel supports events happening in local communities

Bus operator Stagecoach is once again helping to support Armed Forces Day this year.

Armed Forces Day, on Saturday 29 June, is a chance for the public to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

This year the bus company is offering free travel, not only on the day itself but also on the following day (Sunday 30 June), to armed forces personnel wearing their uniform, carrying a military ID card and to veterans carrying a veteran’s badge.

Chief Operations Officer for Stagecoach, Mark Threapleton said: “We are sending a clear and proud message to armed forces communities across the country that we appreciate them and are grateful for everything they do. We hope that personnel choosing to travel to a local event will have an enjoyable day and we are delighted to show our appreciation for their commitment to our country.”

In 2015, Stagecoach signed the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in support of the Armed Forces Community. As a signatory of the Covenant, the company recognises the value serving personnel; regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to both the country and businesses across the country. The company was also awarded the silver award through the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.