News Blog Support Our Armed Forces Day 2018 Did you know that many of our pilots and our paramedics have an armed forces background? Those with Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force experience bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is often wrought in some of the most challenging contexts imaginable. Our patients can feel confident that they are being given expert care and attention as missions are carried out. When is Armed Forces Day? Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday of each June, but celebrations and events also occur in the run up across the country. One of the purposes of the event is to provide a much-valued morale boost to troops and their families. The Armed Forces Covenant The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that acknowledges and understands that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve. Devon Air Ambulance is proud to have been awarded a Bronze Covenant. The covenant is fulfilled by central and local government, businesses of all sizes, communities and charities as well as other sectors, so as a charity and a forces-friendly employer, we pledge to support our armed forces. Join in with #SaluteOurForces #SaluteOurForces is a simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work and their dedication. Each year, celebrities, businesses and members of the public get involved by sharing a photo or video of themselves with friends or families saluting, along with the hashtag. You can join in too by sharing your picture or video on Twitter, by tagging @ArmedForcesDay and using #SaluteOurForces. Did you know that depending on which discipline of the armed forces you serve there is a different salute? Watch these videos to see the distinctions. Meet our Aircrew We are very proud of all of our incredible aircrew who daily save the lives of others: meet them here. We'll be posting on our social channels in the run up to Armed Forces Day, so do join in the conversation! Did you know that in 2018 it cost £6.4 million to keep our air ambulances flying? There are many ways you can help us to serve the community: Volunteering Fundraising Playing our lottery Joining in an event Setting up an event Making a donation Leaving a legacy Fundraising ideas Thank you to all our exceptional supporters who make our service possible.